Panthers cruise past Indians for ECC win

by Matt Kraus
Review Correspondent


JOHNO ASCHENBACH of Plymouth attempts to drive past an unidentified Kewaskum defender in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke JOHNO ASCHENBACH of Plymouth attempts to drive past an unidentified Kewaskum defender in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke PLYMOUTH – Seeing the visiting Kewaskum Indians cut a nine-point first-half deficit to three points and holding the ball to take the final shot of the half, the Plymouth Panthers’ boys basketball team forced an over-andback turnover with 13 seconds remaining.

Cade Knaus made the Indians pay for the turnover by drilling a straight-on three-pointer at the buzzer, to give the Panthers a 20- 14 halftime lead.

The Panthers would not look back from Knaus’s trey. Using a 15-1 run to open the second half, the Panthers built a 20-point lead with 11:23 remaining and cruised to a 54-35 East Central Conference victory.

The Panthers maintained third place in the ECC with a 7-4 record (12-7 overall). Kewaskum fell to 0-11 in ECC play (3-15 overall).


CADE KNAUS of Plymouth shoots over Kewaskum’s Brent Goeden and an unidentified teammate in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke CADE KNAUS of Plymouth shoots over Kewaskum’s Brent Goeden and an unidentified teammate in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke “We played four games in the last week, and it showed. We were tired tonight,” said Panthers’ head coach Tim Schultz.

“We had a burst of energy in the second half after making a couple shots early and getting the lead.”

“Our second-half press and trap helped us, physically and mentally.”

Twelve seconds into the second half, Plymouth’s Adam Smith hit a three from the right baseline.

Knaus followed immediately with a steal as a result of the Panthers’ trapping defense. Smith quickly fired and missed another attempt for three but Brandon Keller grabbed an offensive rebound and scored.

Kewaskum called a timeout but that did not slow the Panthers.

Smith used the trap to pick up a steal and Cole Booth answered with a three-pointer to give the Panthers a 28-14, 2½ minutes into the second half.

The teams played scoreless basketball for nearly three minutes before Keller scored again.

At the 13:00 mark, Nick Falls deflected an Indians’ pass toward the Panthers’ basket. As he chased the ball down, his momentum carried him to the baseline, where he made a behind the back pass to always hustling Mason Guell. Guell laid the ball in to give the Panthers a 32-14 lead.

“Nick Falls was going after loose balls tonight and giving a high level of effort,” said Schultz.

“Mason is very active. He always brings a high level of effort and energy.”

A three-pointer by Knaus gave the Panthers a 20-point lead. Cooper Gosse’s three-pointer gave the Panthers their biggest lead of the game at 21.

All 15 members of the Panthers were able to get playing time, with 10 players scoring, led by Keller and Knaus scoring 12 points each.

Guell’s nine rebounds led PHS. Booth dished out a teamhigh six assists.

The Panthers forced 18 Kewaskum turnovers, including 10 steals – a team-high two each by Keller, Falls and Booth.

“They (Kewaskum) are better team than their record says. They’ve played a lot of close games but haven’t been able to get the wins,” said Schultz.

“They play a 2-3 zone and we don’t see that very often. We had to try to get used to it in practice last night. It’s not the same as playing against it.”

“We talked about the zone at halftime and moved the ball much better after that.”


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