Pilgrims hold off Clay, 49-46

Staff Writer

Plymouth's boys basketball team rallied from an early deficit and survived a late push by South Bend Clay for a 49-46 win in a Class 4A Penn Sectional quarterfinal Tuesday night in Mishawaka.
Josh Anders put up a game-high 20 points with a team-leading six rebounds to lead Plymouth. He scored 11 of his team's 18 first-half points as the Pilgrims trailed by a narrow 19-18 margin at the half. He never missed a shot in the second half, and his traditional 3-point play at the 1:02 stop of the third quarter gave Plymouth its first and last lead of the night.
After making some halftime adjustments, the Pilgrims found an offensive rhythm in the second half, going 9-of-16 from the floor over the final two frames. Nick Felke scored 11 of his 13 points after the break, eight in the fourth quarter alone. His free throws with 9.2 seconds remaining essentially pushed the game out of reach at 49-44. Cam Eveland scored seven of his 10 points in the second half.
And Plymouth was buoyed by strong contributions from reserves Jack Barron and Max Holloway. Barron's defensive rebound and two free throws with 20.7 seconds left helped to hold off the Colonials. Holloway put in 15 minutes of solid playing time filling in for starter Tyler England, who sat out much of the night in foul trouble.