Knaus hits 30, leads PHS past Falcons

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


CADE KNAUS, Plymouth guard, drives to the hoop against Sheboygan Falls’ Addison Kuplic (21) and Justin Tenpas (10) in Tuesday night’s basketball game. The Falcons’ Jared Petrie (33) and Jonah Tenpas look on. Knaus scored a career-high 30 points. – Photo by Jason Hassel CADE KNAUS, Plymouth guard, drives to the hoop against Sheboygan Falls’ Addison Kuplic (21) and Justin Tenpas (10) in Tuesday night’s basketball game. The Falcons’ Jared Petrie (33) and Jonah Tenpas look on. Knaus scored a career-high 30 points. – Photo by Jason Hassel PLYMOUTH – Senior guard Cade Knaus exploded for a career-high 30 points to power the Plymouth Panthers to a 74-62 win over county arch-rival Sheboygan Falls in a boys basketball game here Tuesday night.

The Panthers were red-hot from three-point range, led by Knaus and senior guard/ forward Adam Smith who hit five treys each. PHS buried a whopping 14 three-pointers which is one of the highest totals in school history for one game.

Plymouth shot an excellent 48 percent (14 of 29) from three-point land.

“Cade really played with a lot of passion. He shot extremely well,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

Knaus poured in 24 points, including five treys, in the first half to spark PHS to a 44- 33 halftime lead.

“We moved the ball well and made the extra pass. We had 21 assists and 28 made field goals. It was very much a team effort. I was very pleased.”

The nonconference game was the season debut for both teams.

Senior forward Jared Petrie led the Falcons’ attack with 30 points, including five threeballs.

The Panthers, who led the whole game, came out very strong – building a 16-5 lead about four minutes in. Knaus fueled the surge with 10 points – nailing two threes and scoring on a fast-break layup and on a drive off his steal. Cole Booth and Smith contributed one trey each during the run.

The Falcons rallied to within 52-50 about midway through the second half but PHS responded by outscoring Falls 22-12 the rest of the way.

Booth and Smith led the PHS offense in the second half with 10 and nine points, respectively. Smith had three treys and Booth two in the final half.

Booth, a sophomore, and Smith, a senior, tallied 15 points each – a career-high total for Smith. Booth led PHS in assists with six, followed by Cooper Gosse and Mason Guell with four apiece.

Booth and Gosse paced PHS in steals with three each. Guell ripped down a teamhigh

10 rebounds and Aiden Reilly had six.

Schultz, who has a young team, thought Reilly, a sophomore guard, played well in his first varsity start.

“We rebounded well, forced turnovers and forced them into some tough shots. We were ready to go tonight and we played our style [fast tempo],” said Schultz.

The Falcons were an impressive 9-for-17 (53 percent) from beyond the three-point arc.

JV GAMES

In JV 1 play, Jamison Nickolai erupted for 30 points to spark Falls to an 89-78 win. Jonah Tenpas added 16 for the Falcons.

Sam Shutter and Zach Zeeveld keyed the Panthers’ attack with 16 points each, followed by Joel Williams with 12. Michael Troka had a team-high eight boards. Ethan Eigenberger led in steals with two.

Falls hit 12 three-pointers – 10 in the first half.

Adam Miller scored 10 points to lead PHS to a 43- 31 triumph in the JV 2 game. Thomas Murray paced Falls in scoring with 15.

“We had great energy from everyone and a great team win in a rivalry game,” said PHS coach Brad Smudde.


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