Key free throws lead Cougars past PHS

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


COLE BOOTH of Plymouth drives to the hoop as Campbellsport’s Nicholas Narges (left) and Kade Walsh defend in Tuesday’s ECC basketball game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke COLE BOOTH of Plymouth drives to the hoop as Campbellsport’s Nicholas Narges (left) and Kade Walsh defend in Tuesday’s ECC basketball game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke PLYMOUTH – Clutch freethrow shooting down the stretch lifted Campbellsport over the Plymouth Panthers, 51-47, in East Central Conference boys basketball action here Tuesday night.

The Cougars were 11-for-14 at the foul line in the final 3:07 which accounted for all of their points during that stretch. Nicholas Narges led the way with four free throws made.

PHS closed to within 49- 47 after Adam Smith drained a three-point shot with 2.1 seconds left, followed by an immediate PHS timeout.

The Cougars’ Trevor Ramthun was fouled with 1.5 seconds remaining after receiving the inbounds pass. Ramthun calmly sank both ends of a double bonus which gave his team a 51-47 lead and clinched the victory.

Free-throw shooting was the difference in the outcome as Campbellsport made 14 of 18 (78 percent) to only 7 of 14 (50 percent) for the Panthers.

PHS dropped to 3-2 in the ECC (8-4 overall). The Cougars improved to 3-3 in the league (6-6 overall).

“This is a big win. It’s always tough to come here and play Plymouth,” said Cougar head coach Kyle Twohig.

“They [Panthers] play so hard. They got athletes and are a well-coached bunch, and we’re fortunate to come out victorious.

“If you make free throws down the stretch, you make life a lot easier on yourself. I’m very happy with the kids,” said Twohig.

Twohig thought his team rebounded well against a taller opponent and took care of the ball well overall against Plymouth’s pressure.

“We weren’t able to match what they were able to do. We struggled with ball movement [against a 3-2 zone]. We didn’t take care of the ball and had careless turnovers,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

“We weren’t screening where we wanted to and that’s to Campbellsport’s credit. They were taking things away from us. It came down to free throws.

“I don’t think we rebounded well. It’s important to rebound well all the time. We weren’t aggressive at times [on the boards]. We weren’t getting proper position [for rebounding] and they took advantage of it,” said Schultz.

PHS jumped out to a 6-0 lead 2:40 into the game on treys by Adam Smith and Cole Booth.

The Cougars came back with a 14-5 run, climaxed by Connor Kissinger’s floater in the lane at the 8:00 mark in the first half. Campbellsport, which showed good patience on offense and attacked the hoop well for several points in the first half, led 23-20 at halftime.

Campbellsport led the entire second half. Trevor Ramthun’s three-ball gave the Cougars their biggest lead of the game at 33-23 with 12:50 left.

Cole Booth and Smith led PHS in scoring with 12 points each. Booth and Cade Knaus had a team-high three assists each. Brandon Keller led in rebounds with seven.

Schultz said Cooper Gosse, Aiden Reilly and Joe Steinhardt played well off the bench. Gosse scored six points on two treys.

Narges led a balanced Cougar attack with 13 points.

JV GAMES

PHS lost the junior varsity-1 contest to Campbellsport, 55- 48, to fall to 2-3 in the ECC (6-6 overall). Zach Zeeveld led PHS in scoring with 12 and boards, 10. Jack Luedtke had a teamhigh three assists.

Saturday night, the Panthers lost at Valders, 81-67, in nonconference play. Zeeveld had a team-best 17 points and 10 rebounds. Luedtke hit 11 points, including three treys.


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