Panthers’ Booth on All-ECC first team

Plymouth’s Knaus, Keller also earn All-ECC honors
by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

CADE KNAUS CADE KNAUS Sophomore point guard Cole Booth of Plymouth was voted unanimously to the All-East Central Conference boys basketball first team by the ECC coaches for the 2017-18 season.

Also earning all-conference recognition for the Panthers are senior guard Cade Knaus on the second team and senior forward Brandon Keller, honorable mention.

“I’m happy for all three players as each of them are very deserving of all-conference recognition,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

Booth, the only sophomore on the first team, ranked third in the ECC in scoring with a 14.2 points-per-game average in league play. He finished second in steals at 1.9 per contest and was third in assists with a 4.0 average.

He finished fifth in three-point goals with 24. Booth averaged 2.8 rebounds per contest.

“Cole proved all season-long that he was worthy of first team recognition. During the season he led us in scoring, assists, steals, and charges taken. I am very interested in seeing how he will continue to develop and improve over the next two years,” said Schultz.

COLE BOOTH COLE BOOTH “I think he did an excellent job of setting up others in our offense while also creating scoring opportunities for himself.”

Knaus led the league in three-point goals with 41 and free-throw shooting with 96.0 percent (24 of 25). He tied for fourth in scoring with a 13.6 average and was third in three-point accuracy at 46.6 percent (41 of 88).

He tied for seventh in steals at 1.2 per game and was ninth in assists with a 2.4 average. He averaged 4.3 rebounds per contest.

“Cade had a tremendous season. In conference play he had the most three-point attempts and the most three-pointers made while shooting 46.6 percent from behind the arc. This was done even with opponents specifically gearing their defenses to stop him,” said Schultz.

BRANDON KELLER BRANDON KELLER “He is a great example of how hard work, both during the season and the off-season, can result in developing yourself into an all conference player.”

Keller ranked sixth in rebounding with a 6.3 average. He averaged 10.1 points, 1.4 assists and 0.7 steals per game. Keller shot an excellent 54.5 percent from the field and hit two three pointers.

“Brandon had to overcome a serious arm injury this year which resulted in him not being completely at full strength until the final month of the season where he shined,” Schultz pointed out.

Keller missed the first four games due to a broken arm suffered during the football season last fall.

“Without the injury

Brandon would have been a first-team candidate. It’s a testament to his hard work and dedication that he was able to receive this honor,” said the coach.

“Brandon was very effective on both ends of the floor around the basket, especially when he was completely healthy. His presence helped us, both offensively and defensively, during the season.”

Junior guard Marcus Domask of Waupun was voted the ECC Player of the Year. Domask, a unanimous first-team selection, led the ECC in scoring with a 22.6 average and assists at 4.8 per game. He was second in rebounding at 7.3 per contest.

Domask is the on the first team for the third straight season. His Warrior teammate, senior forward Owen Thuene, was named to the first team for the second consecutive year. There are no other first-team repeaters.

The other unanimous first-team players senior guard Grant Biesterfeld and senior forward Solomon Zarling of Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) and Thuene.

Waupun, which shared the ECC title with KML at 13-1, has a league-high three All-ECC picks. PHS finished third with a 9-5 record.

Senior Zach Zuleger of KML was the rebounding leader with a 7.8 average. Zarling paced the league in steals at 2.0 per game.

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