Shutter’s late free throws seal Panthers’ win

CAMPBELLSPORT – Senior guard Alex Shutter sank two free throws with five seconds left to clinch the Plymouth Panthers’ 54-52 boys basketball win over host Campbellsport Friday night.

Shutter’s free throws gave the Panthers a 54-50 lead. The Panthers improved to 4-5 in the East Central Conference (8-8 overall). The Cougars slipped to 5-4 in the ECC (11-5 overall).

“This was a nice win on the road against Campbellsport which beat us the first time we played them [on Dec. 15],” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

“As a team we played solid defense for nearly the entire game, holding them to 32 percent from the floor for the game.

“Campbellsport is a three-point shooting team and other than a short stretch in the second half we limited the number of quality looks they had from the three- point line. Cody Kuhn and Matt Richards were key in this area,” said Schultz.

The Cougars hit only 28 percent (9 of 32) from three-point range. PHS shot 41 percent (7 of 17) from beyond the three-point arc and 40 percent overall.

Shutter led PHS in scoring with 13 points, followed by Adam Smith and Brandon Keller with 10 each. Keller scored all of his points in the second half which sparked the Panthers’ offense.

Matt Richards, a senior guard, paced PHS in rebounds with 10 and Keller added eight. Richards and Shutter led in assists with four and three, respectively.

“Beyond his defense Matt Richards was very active on the boards. Adam Smith continues to play with confidence – scoring some big buckets for us when our offense was struggling in both the first and second half,” said Schultz.

“Brandon Keller played an excellent game overall by attacking the hoop and finishing well inside and rebounding aggressively on both ends of the floor.”

Senior forward Koy Walsh was the Cougars’ top scorer with 16, including 10 in the second half.

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