PLYMOUTH – Plymouth edged Buckeye Central on Friday night in a thrilling season opener.
The Big Red pulled off a 47-44 stunner on their home floor to beat the Bucks on Friday night.
The Big Red was without senior standout Tyrell Edmiston for the first quarter. Edmiston was suspended for the quarter as a disciplinary move by coach Troy Keene.
“It was a one quarter suspension and nothing more,” Keene said. “It was good for our guys to see how it is with out him on the floor in case of future foul trouble situations. Our guys responded well and grew up a lot in that opening quarter.”
But when one 1,000-point scorer is down, Keene has the luxury of turning to senior Tyson Beebe. After starting the game on a cold streak, Beebe made some shots and found his groove posting five of his teams six first-quarter points.
Edmiston gave the Big Red a quick jump-start in the second quarter after driving the lane, rising up, and jamming home a thunderous dunk for his first basket. But, the Bucks would respond well thanks to composed senior leader Austin Wurm. Wurm helped his team build a six-point lead by halftime. He finished the game as the game high scorer with 28 points leaving him just 12 shy of 1,000 for his career.
“The kid is a player,” Keene said. “He can literally do it all and I have never seen a kid play as hard as he does. He will be very successful this year.”
The Big Red cut the lead to a point by the end of the third. Then, the back and fourth game started. The Bucks led by as many as five points in the fourth quarter, but Plymouth hung around thanks to Edmiston and Beebe. The major turning point was when the Bucks went into a zone defense with a two-point lead with two minutes on the clock. Beebe found a seam in the zone and gave his team its first lead of the game. From there, Wurm and Edmiston traded buckets until the Big Red had built a 3-point lead with two seconds and a last second heave fell short for the Bucks.
“This game here shows exactly where your team is at,” Keene said. “This is the best game to see on opening night bar none. They are the best team on our schedule and I am tickled to come away with a win. My bench played great. I am not used to having a bench. Austin Nester played great defense, Remington Smedley helped out on the boards and Tyler Taylor had a tough assignment on Wurm. I am very proud of how we did in this season opener.”
Wurm lead all scorers with 28 points and added five rebounds for the Bucks. Sophomore Grant Loy chipped in with 11 points of his own to round out the double digit scoring for the Bucks.
Beebe dropped 19 points for the Big Red and Edmiston chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Plymouth plays Saturday night at home against Galion and Buckeye Central returns Tuesday against St. Peter’s.