Three-point assault lifts Warriors over PHS

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


MARCUS DOMASK of Waupun tries to penetrate the Plymouth defense in Friday’s ECC basketball game. Pictured for PHS (left to right) are Alex Shutter, Cody Kuhn, Derek Schweiger, Matt Richards and Jake Steinhardt. Also shown is Waupun’s Owen Thuene. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley MARCUS DOMASK of Waupun tries to penetrate the Plymouth defense in Friday’s ECC basketball game. Pictured for PHS (left to right) are Alex Shutter, Cody Kuhn, Derek Schweiger, Matt Richards and Jake Steinhardt. Also shown is Waupun’s Owen Thuene. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Waupun Warriors’ blistering three-point shooting ignited their 70-53 win over Plymouth in an East Central Conference boys basketball game Friday on the Panthers’ Senior Night.

Waupun, the defending Division 3 state champion, moved the ball very well to find open shooters and it paid off as the Warriors hit an impressive 13- for-22 (59 percent) from threepoint range. Sophomore wing Marcus Domask led the longrange bombing with five treys and Owen Thuene hit three.

The Warriors, ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press D-3 poll last week, upped their secondplace ECC record to 11-2 (17-4 overall). Ripon is in first at 12-0. PHS fell to 5-8 in the league (9- 12 overall).


DEREK SCHWEIGER, Plymouth forward, tries to elude Waupun’s Reece Homan in Friday’s ECC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley DEREK SCHWEIGER, Plymouth forward, tries to elude Waupun’s Reece Homan in Friday’s ECC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “Waupun capitalized on many of our poor offensive decisions or defensive lapses, and unfortunately it was usually with a made three-pointer,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

“Obviously Waupun shot the ball extremely well from the outset, however I thought we did an excellent job of getting back into the game – cutting their lead to six points with a chance to cut into their lead further during different stages of the game.”

Waupun started the game on fire from three-point land. The Warriors drilled six three-balls in the first five minutes which gave them an 18-6 lead. Waupun hit five straight three-point shots after PHS had taken a 4-3 lead on Alex Shutter’s two free throws.

Thuene and Domask buried two three-pointers each to lead Waupun’s early-game assault.

After Reece Homan’s trey gave Waupun a 30-17 advantage the Panthers answered with a 7-0 run, compliments of senior forward Derek Schweiger who scored all of the points. Schweiger made two free throws, followed by a triple and a follow-up basket which pulled PHS within 30-24 with about four minutes left until halftime. Waupun led 38-29 at halftime.

Schweiger’s three-pointer shaved Waupun’s lead to 40-34 with 15:25 remaining. PHS was unable to come any closer the rest of the way.

One three-pointer each by Domask, Thuene and Brenden Mock pushed the Warriors’ lead to 49-36 with 13:10 left. Waupun led by at least eight the rest of the game.

Shutter, a senior guard, led PHS in scoring with 21 points and Schweiger tallied 16. Shutter hit three treys and Schweiger, two. Schweiger and Cole Booth had a team-high three assists each.

Brandon Keller led PHS in rebounds with six. Shutter had a team-best three steals.

Thuene led Waupun’s attack with 22 points and Domask hit 19. Thuene also grabbed a teamhigh 13 boards. Domask led in assists with six.

“Derek Schweiger and Alex Shutter were both aggressive on both ends of the floor. Brandon Keller rebounded well,” said Schultz.

Schultz was happy with his team’s ball handling (only five turnovers) and free-throw productivity (12 of 15 for 80 percent).

“This is a good road win ... to get a win like this in this place against this team and against a school with the tradition they have in athletics. We did a lot of nice things on the court tonight,” said Warrior head coach Dan Domask [Marcus’s father].

“We’re not primarily a threepoint shooting team but we’re getting better at it. Our kids are shooting it with confidence now.

“In most instances our kids played really hard. It was a pretty good overall team effort,” said coach Domask.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAMES

Joe Steinhardt hit 14 points and Max Hassel had 11 to lead the Panthers’ JV 1 team to a 42- 36 win. Nick Falls tallied eight points for PHS which improved to 9-4 in the ECC (16-5 overall).

Falls led PHS in rebounds with nine and blocked shots, two.

In JV 2 play, PHS was a 46-43 winner. Cooper Gosse sparked the Panthers’ attack with 21 points and Joel Williams had 14.

The Panthers upped their ECC mark to 9-4 (17-4 overall).

Gosse had a team-high seven assists. Ben Olsen and Williams led in boards with 12 and 11, respectively.


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