Defense helps spark PHS past Dutchmen

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


BRANDON KELLER of Plymouth tries to score against Oostburg’s Johnathan Heinen (12) in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel BRANDON KELLER of Plymouth tries to score against Oostburg’s Johnathan Heinen (12) in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel OOSTBURG – Strong defense and rebounding propelled the Plymouth Panthers to a 58- 49 boys basketball win over Oostburg here Tuesday night.

The Panthers’ tenacious manto man defense allowed few uncontested shots by the Flying Dutchmen who shot only 33 percent from the field. PHS owned the boards – holding a 35-25 rebounding advantage. The Panthers pulled down an outstanding 11 offensive rebounds.

PHS raised its record to 5-2 while the Dutchmen fell to 3-3.

The Panthers clamped down on the Oostburg offense in the first half en route to taking a 22- 10 halftime lead. The Dutchmen scored only four points in the fi- nal 9:30 of the half as they shot just 2-for-11 from the field.

PHS went on a 9-0 run in the final four minutes of the opening half to earn its 12-point lead. Sophomore guard Aiden Reilly scored seven points, including a trey, off the bench to spark the surge. Cole Booth capped off the spurt with a driving layup.


CADE KNAUS of Plymouth attempts a shot as Oostburg’s Ashtin Smies (21) and Tadeo Maier watch in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel CADE KNAUS of Plymouth attempts a shot as Oostburg’s Ashtin Smies (21) and Tadeo Maier watch in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel Fueled by attacking the hoop strong and good ball movement, PHS opened up a 50-33 lead with 6:26 left. Booth. led PHS in scoring in the second half with 11 of his game-high 15 points. Brandon Keller and Adam Smith added eight each.

Keller paced PHS in rebounds with eight and Mason Guell had seven. Keller and Guell had a team-high four offensive boards each.

Smith led PHS in assists with four. Keller was first in steals with two.

Senior guard Tadeo Maier led Oostburg’s offense with 12 points. Maier, who was coming off a 25-point effort against Howards Grove Friday night, was held scoreless against PHS in the first half, mostly due to the defense by Guell.

“In the first half we played tremendous defense. We did a really good job on Maier,” said PHS head coach Tim Schultz.

“We attacked the basket and we moved the ball extremely well. The guys are very unselfish.

“One of the keys was putting offensive and defensive pressure on them. When we play really well, we’re rebounding on both ends,” said Schultz.

Keller, a senior forward, was making his first start this season and was the Panthers’ sec- ond-leading scorer with 12. He missed the first four games this season as he was coming off a broken left arm (Keller’s shooting arm) sustained during football season.

“I’m feeling good. The coaches told me I had to go to the hoop stronger after my first two games and I finally got there and my shots were going down,” said Keller.

“Everyone played well,” said Keller.

Schultz thought Booth, a sophomore guard, and Keller played well.

“It was a really strong team effort,” said Schultz.

“Plymouth was very solid on defense and their size and quickness made it tough for us to get good shots. I was pleased that we kept plugging away and hopefully this will help us grow,” said Oostburg head coach Kevin Bruggink.

JV-1 GAME

PHS won the junior varsity-1 game, 45-29. Sam Shutter and Jack Luedtke led PHS in scoring with nine and eight, respectively.

Sawyer Hering led Plymouth in assists with three. Zach Zeeveld had a team-high seven boards. PHS is 4-3 this season.


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