Hot-shooting Falcons soar past Panthers

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


CODY KUHN of Plymouth tries to score on a reverse layup against Brown Deer’s Terry Early in Friday’s regional basketball game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke CODY KUHN of Plymouth tries to score on a reverse layup against Brown Deer’s Terry Early in Friday’s regional basketball game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke BROWN DEER – The Brown Deer Falcons’ long-range sharpshooting and lightning-quick defense fueled an 81-63 win over Plymouth in a Division 2 boys regional basketball semifinal game here Friday night.

The No. 3-seeded Falcons exploded for a 55-33 halftime lead and cruised to victory from there. Brown Deer was an impressive 9-for-16 (56 percent) from beyond the three-point arc and forced 10 PHS turnovers in the first half.

The Falcons shot a blistering 68 percent (19 of 28) from the field overall in the opening half.

Senior guard Jalen Greenlee spearheaded the Falcons’ threepoint barrage in the opening half with four treys. Brown Deer finished the game with 13 three balls, led by Greenlee and Damon Jackson with four each.


ALEX SHUTTER, Plymouth guard, attempts to drive past Brown Deer’s Damn Jackson (3) in Friday’s regional basketball game. The Falcons’ Jay Gentry also defends. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke ALEX SHUTTER, Plymouth guard, attempts to drive past Brown Deer’s Damn Jackson (3) in Friday’s regional basketball game. The Falcons’ Jay Gentry also defends. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke The Panthers struggled against Brown Deer’s full-court pressing and trapping defense which caused many of the 19 turnovers by PHS. The Falcons had very quick hands which led to several steals.

“We haven’t seen anyone that aggressive all year. They shot the ball well all game. Their speed was shocking. It took us awhile to get used to it,” said Panther senior guard Alex Shutter.

“It’s so hard to recreate that speed and athleticism in practice. We just needed to slow ourselves down and be more confident in what we did, and we did that in the second half and ended the season up good. We were a little nervous at the beginning and then we settled in.

“I’m glad we settled down and beat them in the second half,” added Shutter.

PHS battled throughout the game and outscored the Falcons 30-26 in the second half, led by Shutter who hit eight points, including two treys.

The No. 6-seeded Panthers ended their season with an 11-13 record. The Falcons, who won D-2 state titles in 2014 and ‘15, lost in the regional finals Saturday afternoon to No. 2-seeded Cedarburg, 71-70. Brown Deer finished 18-6.

“I’m proud of the guys. We competed and played hard. I’m very proud of the seniors because they led the way with it,” said PHS head coach Tim Schultz.

“Brown Deer is a very good program, and a very good team this year. The point differential was just too much for us to overcome. They are definitely the quickest team we’ve faced. They’re deep, athletic, quick and they shoot the ball really well.

“Once we settled in we did okay. About the last six minutes of the first half and into the second second we were more relaxed,” said Schultz.

Jackson, a senior guard, led all scorers with 25 points. Senior guard Cody Kuhn paced PHS in scoring with 17 and Shutter netted 13.

Shutter and Matt Richards led the Panthers in assists with four each and Adam Smith had three. Brandon Keller and Derek Schweiger led in rebounding with seven and five, respectively.

“I thought Cody played tremendous. He held their leading scorer on the season [Jay Gentry] below his average. Cody had 17 points and was 8-for-8 at the [foul] line,” said Schultz.

Gentry was averaging 18.5 points per game coming in and was held to 13.

“Alex shot the ball well. Matt defended well. All five of our seniors led the team all-season long,” said Schultz.

Richards, Schweiger and Jake Steinhardt are the Panthers’ other seniors.

“I thought in the first half we shot really well. If we’re hitting shots and getting turnovers we’re a tough team,” said Falcon head coach Kelly Appleby. “Loose and fast, that’s our style.

“Give Plymouth some credit. I thought they battled. In the second half they certainly hung in there.”


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