Panthers win Redwing Tourney on Kastelic’s late basket

SHEBOYGAN – Junior guard Parker Kastelic drained a 15-foot jumper with just 2.5 seconds left to give the Plymouth Panthers a thrilling 60-58 win over host Sheboygan South in the finals of the Redwing Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament Saturday night.

The Panthers, who trailed most of the game, outscored the Redwings 17-10 in the fourth quarter to erase a 48-43 deficit. Kastelic scored the game-winner after grabbing the ball off a deflection. PHS had possession with about a minute remaining and then worked the ball for the last shot.

“I’m proud of the team. There’s no quit in this group,” said new Panther head coach Jason Duff. “This [championship] is good for our confidence. We want to build on this. This is a very good start. “Parker hit a big shot. He had a very good game,” Duff said. The Panthers opened their season Friday night with a 50-47 first-round win over Wauwatosa West. Duff thought his defense stepped up in the fourth quarter.

“We got stops when we really needed them. Both teams played good defense,” he said.

The Redwings missed some crucial free throws in the final period. South was only 4-for-8 at the line down the stretch and missed the front end of two bonus foul shots.

PHS hit a sizzling 61 percent (20 of 33) from the field and was an impressive 7-for-10 (70 percent) from three-point range.

Senior guard Mitch Unger led the PHS attack with 17 points and shared the lead in assists with Kastelic at two each. Brent Krueger had a team-high two steals.

Forrest Payne and Alex Grahn paced the Panthers in rebounds with seven apiece.

“Mitch was pretty steady. He made some really nice plays down the stretch against South,” Duff said.

“Brent had a much better game Saturday. He had an unbelievable block against South in the fourth quarter. That play was indicative of our play in the fourth quarter.”

FIRST-ROUND GAME

The Panthers had to stave off a Trojan comeback in the first-round game. PHS led 25-14 at halftime and was up 33-25 after three quarters. The Trojans buried two three-point shots and made several free throws in the final quarter.

PHS missed five foul shots in the fourth period, including one front end of a bonus.

“We had some good stretches but we have to seal games,” Duff said.

Unger keyed the Panthers’ offense with 15 points and also had a team-high three steals. Senior center Forrest Payne led PHS in rebounds with an outstanding 15 – all on defense.

Hanson paced his team in assists with three.J

V TOURNEY

The Panthers also won the junior varsity tourney with a 55-39 win over South. Owen Henriksen netted 15 points and Matt Rhude had 12 to spark PHS.

Henriksen and Kevin Friederichs led in assists with four each. Rhude had a team-best three steals. Henriksen and Jordan Mueller led in boards with nine and seven, respectively.

“I was really proud of the guys. The players executed our offense well, shooting 52 percent,” said PHS coach Brad Feick.

PHS routed West, 61-38, in the opening round. Kollin Neils’ 17 points led the Panthers, followed by Henriksen with 15 and Mueller, 10. Henriksen dished out a team-high five assists.
Championship Game
Score by Quarters
Plymouth……………...14 17 12 17 – 60
Sheb. South…………..20 16 12 10 – 58
Plymouth scoring: Parker Kastelic 9, Cory Unger 5, Mitch Unger 17, Matt Augustine 3, Brent Krueger 9, Forrest Payne
7, Brad Hanson 3, Alex Grahn 6.
Sheboygan South scoring: Ethan Belin 10, Taylor Ditter 10, Riley Tutas 5, Thomas Murray 8, Cal Bluske 4, Marcus
Wilson 16, Michael Schroeder 5.
Three-point goals: Kastelic 1, M. Unger 2, Augustine 1, Krueger 1, Hanson 1, Grahn 1, Ditter 1, Tutas 1, Schroeder 1,
Wilson 2.
Field goals: Plymouth 20-33, 61%. Free throws: Plymouth 13-22, 59%; South 11-16, 69%.
Rebounds: Plymouth 27. Turnovers: Plymouth 13.
First Round

Score by Quarters
Plymouth……………..…9 16 8 17 – 50
Wauwatosa West.……8 6 11 22 – 47
Plymouth scoring: Kastelic 2, C. Unger 3, M. Unger 15, Myles Dellger 10, Krueger 2, Payne 5, Hanson 10, Grahn 1.
Wauwatosa West scoring: Kieviante Love 2, Tyler Krause 10, Winston Wynn 6, Jimmy Bonkowski 6, Joe Domina 2,
Jarvis Ashley 11, Ricky Landers 10.
Field goals: Plymouth 13-33, 43%. Free throws: Plymouth 15-24, 63%.
Rebounds: Plymouth 31. Turnovers: ___________________________ Plymouth 17.


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