Panthers’ defense shines in ECC triumph

CAMPBELLSPORT – The Plymouth Panthers’ defense came up big to pave the way for a 53- 38 boys basketball win over host Campbellsport Friday night.

PHS held the Cougars to only 31-percent shooting from the field overall, including just 5 of 27 from three-point range.

“Defensively, we were able to force them into some tough shots and we limited their ability to properly run their offense,” PHS head coach Tim Schultz pointed out.

The Panthers upped their East Central Conference record to 8-5 (13-8 overall) and avenged a 51- 47 loss to Campbellsport on Jan. 16.

Senior guard Cade Knaus led a balanced PHS attack with 15 points, all in the first half which sparked his team to a 34-24 halftime lead. Knaus nailed four treys in a row in the first half.

Brandon Keller and Cole Booth added 13 points each for the Panthers.

Keller had a double-double as he also had a team-high 10 rebounds. Adam Smith contributed eight boards and a team-best six assists. Booth led in steals with two.

“Offensively, we moved the ball very well against their zone and were able to get good looks on the inside which led to open shots from the outside,” said Schultz.

“Adam Smith rebounded and moved the ball well. Mason Guell defended well while Cole Booth did a good job of running our offense.”


PHS raised its junior varsity-1 ECC record to 7-6 (11-10 overall) with a 47-31 victory. Sam Shutter paced the Panthers in scoring with 14 and Ben Olsen hit 10.

Zach Zeeveld led PHS in boards with seven. Olsen had a team-high five assists.

Plymouth’s JV-2 squad cruised to a 56-37 win. Greg Even was the Panthers’ top scorer with 14, followed by Matteo Troka’s 10.

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