Plymouth may have lost a heart-breaker earlier this week, but the Panthers’ train didn’t go off the rails.
The local Division 2 boys basketball team endured a rare Eastern Wisconsin Conference loss on Tuesday at the hands of Two Rivers, but still has a chance to lock its grasp outright around a conference title.
The team will need some help, though.
Let’s talk X’s and O’s for a moment:
Plymouth and Waupun are both tied (for now) atop the EWC. They each boast 11-2 conference records, and the teams split their two regular-season matchups against one another.
And each team has just one more conference game on its schedule. If each wins (or if each loses), the conference crown will get carved up between the Panthers and Warriors.
But if Plymouth wins its final conference tilt and Waupun loses, the Panthers can heave a sigh of relief before diving into the postseason tournament.
The Panthers are the statistical favorite in their conference finale this Friday. Plymouth plays on the road at New Holstein (3-16, 2-11 EWC), an opponent the Panthers beat 75-32 in the teams’ first matchup this season, back in December.
Waupun, on the other hand, faces Sheboygan Falls (14-7, 9-4 EWC) on Friday. The Falcons, who lost by 10 points to Waupun earlier this year but will play Friday’s game on their home court, could pose a non-negligible threat to the Warriors’ conference title hopes.
OK, enough with the X’s and O’s. What exactly does all this boil down to? For the athletes on Plymouth’s and Waupun’s basketball teams, it means Friday will be a fittingly weighty finish to their seasons.
For fans (and sportswriters), it means Friday will make for one fun night of basketball.
Sheboygan North can earn a share of the Fox River Classic Conference’s East Division title with a win Friday night against De Pere.
De Pere has already clinched the conference title and at least a share of the East Division prize. If the Golden Raiders can pull off what would undoubtedly be an upset over the Redbirds though, they’d clinch a share of the division crown.
Doing that, though, will be a veritable uphill battle. De Pere (18-3, 14-1 FRCC) has been nearly unbeatable. The Redbirds were ranked sixth among Division 1 teams earlier this week, and handled Sheboygan North (18-3, 12-3 FRCC) 67-50 in the teams’ first regular-season matchup last month.
Still, a share of a division title is North’s for the taking.
The Central Lakeshore Conference was wrapped up by Oostburg last week.