Prep boys basketball: Lincoln falls at home

Prep boys basketball: Lincoln falls at home

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Prep boys basketball: Lincoln falls at home

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By the time the Manitowoc Lincoln boys basketball team got its rhythm going against visiting Plymouth it was already too late.

The Ships fell behind 12-2 early in their home and season opener, trailed wire to wire and couldn’t overcome a hot start from visiting Plymouth in the 70-54 home loss on Friday night.

“In terms of the whole game, their athleticism was a huge factor. Their length and athleticism bothered us and we kept making the same mistakes,” Lincoln coach Brian Gallagher said. “The bottom line was their athleticism hurt us. They hustled more than we did. They exploited our lack of quickness and deserved to win the game.”

Austin Mecca led Lincoln with 17 points while teammate Patrick Johnson added 13 points, including three 3-pointers. The pair were the only Ships players to score in double figures as only three players scored in the first half for Lincoln.

It took the Ships just more than three minutes into the game to sink its first basket as they missed their first five shots. The Panthers consistently contested the Ships’ shots, which were mostly from the outside, and often made it difficult for Lincoln to get the ball across midcourt.

Plymouth’s hot start wasn’t contained to just the first quarter, though, as the Panthers began the second frame on an 8-0 run. Twice in the game the Panthers had 8-0 runs, and both times Lincoln struggled to find an answer defensively.

“The turnovers we had in the first half made a snow-ball effect,” Gallagher said. “I think we let the previous play affect us on the following play and we have to be able to learn from mistakes and move forward and not continue to do the same thing.”

Trailing 24-15 at halftime, Lincoln’s offense finally got going in the third quarter as the Ships made six 3-pointers, including three on consecutive possessions, to cut the deficit to six with four minutes left in the frame. Johnson made all of his 3-pointers in the frame as Lincoln cut its deficit to 46-41 entering the fourth.

“We made a nice run in the third quarter, but we had a hard time defending them and they answered with points,” Gallagher said. “We made the run but they answered the call. They kept us at bay, they didn’t panic, and they got after the lose balls and made more plays off of them than we did.”

The back-and-fourth second half turned into a route near the five-minute mark of the fourth as Johnson fouled out, taking away one of Lincoln’s more dependable offensive weapons. As time wound down, the Ships were forced to send Plymouth to the free throw line where the team was 21-of-23 from.

“They played a good basketball game and we didn’t and that’s the bottom line,” Gallagher said. “We had opportunities, when you get behind you have to take advantage of them and we didn’t and they are a good team and they put us away.”

Plymouth 12 12 22 24 70
Lincoln -Manitowoc 9 6 25 14 54

Lincoln

Fischer 3, Hoffman 7, Johnson 13, Kohls 2, Mecca 17, Rohrer 1, Schroeder 4, Ullman 5, Wronkowski 2.

3-Point Goals – Plymouth 6, Lincoln -Manitowoc 1 ( Fischer 1, Hoffman 1, Johnson 3, Ullman 1), Total Fouls – Plymouth 18, Lincoln 20.

Valders 81,

New Holstein 75

The host Vikings dispatched the Wolves in a tightly contested match, with two Valders players scoring more than 20 points.

Thomas Schwoerer scored a team-high 32 points for the Vikings (1-0) while teammate Forrest Fenlon added 23.

Valders took a 43-39 lead into halftime and never looked back, with Schwoerer and Fenlon hitting five and three 3-pointers, respectively, to control the game.

The Vikings return to action on Nov. 17 when they host Reedsville.

A complete box score was not provided to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.

New Holstein 16 23 19 17 75
Valders 17 26 18 20 81

Valders

Bauer 7, Fenlon 23, Goedeke 6, Goehring , Jirschele 7, Schueler 4, Schwoerer 32, Shimon 2.

3-Point Goals – New Holstein 6, Valders 10 ( Bauer 1, Fenlon 3, Jirschele 1, Schwoerer 5), Total Fouls – New Holstein 17, Valders 21 ().

Records: New Holstein 0-1-0; Valders 1-0-0.

Waupun 51, Two Rivers 45

The visiting Raiders started out fast, taking a 17-12 lead after the first quarter but fell behind 26-23 at halftime and never recovered.

Brett Linzmeier led Two Rivers in scoring with 20 points while teammate Dexter Smith added 12.

The Raiders next host Manitowoc Lutheran Nov. 24.

A complete box score was not provided to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.

Two Rivers 17 6 9 13 45
Waupun 12 14 13 12 51

Two Rivers

Greene 3, Kasper 7, Linzmeier 20, Slaby 3, Smith 12.

3-Point Goals – Two Rivers 7-31 ( Greene 1, Kasper 1, Linzmeier 2, Slaby 1, Smith 2), Total Fouls – Two Rivers 13 ().

Records: Two Rivers 0-1-0; Waupun 1-0-0.

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