Panthers defeated by No. 2-ranked Warriors

WAUPUN – The Waupun Warriors shot a blistering 64 percent from the field to fuel a 76-63 win over the Plymouth Panthers in an East Central Conference boys basketball game here Monday night.

Waupun, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Division 3 poll, upped its ECC record to 9-1 (17-1 overall). The Warriors are second in the ECC race behind first-place Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) which is 9-0.

The Panthers slipped to 6-4 in league play (11-6 overall).

The game was tied 18-18 in the first half when the Warriors went on a 21-2 run to build a 39- 20 lead. Waupun, a red-hot 13 of 14 from two-point range in the opening half, led 42-26 at half- time.

Junior guards Marcus Domask and Trevor VandeSande sparked Waupun’s attack in the first half with 13 and 12 points, respectfully.

Domask, an All-ECC firstteam pick the previous two seasons, exploded for 19 points in the second half to ignite the Warriors’ offense. He finished the game with 32 points which led all scorers.

Waupun shot a scorching 79 percent (23 of 29) from two-point range for the game.

“In the second half we cut into their lead numerous times but Waupun always had an answer for any comeback we tried to make. They finished the game by making free throws as we were forced to foul,” said PHS head coach Tim Schultz.

Waupun was 8-for-10 at the foul line in the second half, led by Domask who was 6-for-7.

Cade Knaus paced the Panthers in scoring with 17, followed by Cole Booth with 15 and Brandon Keller, 12. Booth, Cooper Gosse and Mason Guell had a team-high four assists each. PHS had an impressive 20 assists.

Adam Smith led PHS in steals with three. Gosse and Guell grabbed a team-best four rebounds each.

“I felt we moved and shared the ball well. Brandon Keller and Nick Falls played well in the post,” said Schultz.

“Cade Knaus shot the ball well from beyond the [three-point] arc.”

Knaus was 5-for-10 in threepoint shooting.

“Mason Guell was active on both the offensive and defensive end throughout the game,” the coach pointed out.


In junior varsity-1 play, PHS fell, 67-43. The Panthers dropped to 6-4 in the ECC (10-7 overall).

Ben Knaus led PHS in scoring with 15, followed by Jack Luedtke with eight.

PHS won the JV-2 contest, 34- 32. Adam Miller led the Panthers in scoring with eight and Brandon Vaughn tallied seven.

The Panthers were 9-for-10 at the charity stripe which proved crucial to the win.

“The defense was much improved and when we stopped settling [for outside shots] and got to the rim we had success,” said Panther coach Brad Smudde.

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