Gosse ignites Panthers to ECC victory


COOPER GOSSE of Plymouth attempts to drive past an unidentified Berlin player in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. Gosse scored a career-high 23 points. — Photo by Tyler Luedtke COOPER GOSSE of Plymouth attempts to drive past an unidentified Berlin player in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. Gosse scored a career-high 23 points. — Photo by Tyler Luedtke BERLIN – Sophomore guard Cooper Gosse poured in a career-high 23 points to spark the Plymouth Panthers to a 67- 57 boys basketball win over Berlin here Friday night.

Gosse, who came off the bench, was an impressive 5-for- 6 from three-point range. He exploded for 16 points in the first half to power PHS to a 35- 24 halftime lead.

The Panthers upped their East Central Conference record to 6-3 (11-5 overall). The Indians dropped to 2-8 in the ECC (7-10 overall).

PHS trailed 10-4 six minutes into the game and then used an 11-0 run to go up for good at 15-10. Gosse hit two straight three-point goals which gave the Panthers the lead. During one stretch, he scored eight points in a row for PHS which put his team up 17-12.

Cade Knaus and Brandon Keller tallied nine and eight points, respectfully, for PHS in the first half. Knaus scored all of his first-half points on three treys and finished the night an excellent 4 of 7 on three-point shots.

“Cooper and Cade shot the ball well from beyond the arc. It was great to see the hard work Cooper has been putting into his shot in practice manifest itself in the game,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

Gosse was 6-for-7 from the field and 6-for-6 at the foul line.

“From the three-point line we rotated and moved the ball well which opened up some good looks from outside,” said Schultz.

“We were effective most of the game at getting the ball inside where we felt we had an advantage but unfortunately we were unable to convert the inside touches into baskets on a consistent basis which kept the game close.

“Cole Booth moved the ball well while Brandon Keller and Mason Guell were once again active on the boards,” said the coach.

Booth led PHS in assists with six and steals, four. Adam Smith contributed three assists. Mason Guell had a team-high seven rebounds and Keller contributed six.

The Panthers pulled down an outstanding 13 offensive boards, paced by Guell and Keller with four each.

Knaus and Keller chipped in with 12 points each.

PHS had only nine turnovers to Berlin’s 21.

Justin Bartol led the Indians’ offense with 16 points.

JV GAMES

Ben Knaus scored 20 points to lead the Panthers to a 60- 35 rout in the junior varsity-1 game. PHS improved to 6-3 in the ECC (10-6 overall).

Knaus had a team-high four steals. Zach Zeeveld led in rebounds with 11, assists with four and blocked shots, two.

PHS won the JV-2 contest, 71-66. The Panthers made seven three-pointers.

Brandon Vaughn keyed the PHS attack with 22 points. AJ Osieczanek and Carter Schreiber added 11 each.


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