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Pilgrims open tourney with win over Mishawaka

March 6, 2014

By James Costello
Sports Editor

SOUTH BEND — New game, new stakes, same result.
The last time Plymouth’s Pilgrims faced Mishawaka back on Feb. 19, they claimed a 52-34 win on their home court at The Rock. Plymouth opened Class 4A Sectional play with a similar 53-34 victory over the Cavemen Wednesday night.
“It’s always a rugged game when you play against them. They’re a physical team, and we try to play physical as well,” said Plymouth head coach Ryan Bales. “I thought eventually our defense started to pick up, especially in the halfcourt, and did a great job of keeping them out of the paint.”
The Pilgrims snapped a 6-6 tie at the first quarter break with a 14-3 second quarter that pushed the visitors on the scoreboard out to a comfortable 20-9 halftime lead.
• PLYMOUTH 53, MISHAWAKA 34
At South Bend Washington Sectional
Plymouth: 6 20 33 53
Mishawaka: 6 9 20 34
PLYMOUTH (53): Matt Flynn 2, Jack Barron 2, Cam Eveland 0, Nick Felke 7, Nick Bayley 2, Mack Mercer 10, Reis Yoder 0, Trent Briles 0, Josh Anders 21, Tom Felke 9, Scott Carmichael 0, Tyler England 0; Totals: 14 25-34 53.
MISHAWAKA (34): Donovan Mitchell 6, Charles Cunningham 3, Luke Shively 4, Cody Shively 0, Zack Denlinger 0, Jonah Knip 0, Jacob Schmatz 6, Caleb Gabler 0, Jacob Garner 4, Trey Stoops 3, Peyton Staples 8; Totals: 14 3-10 34.
3-pointers: Plymouth 0, Mishawaka 3 (Mitchell, Cunningham, Garner); Rebounds: Plymouth 27 (Mercer 15), Mishawaka 19 (Schmatz 10); Turnovers: Plymouth 14, Mishawaka 17; Steals: Plymouth 6 (Anders 2, T. Felke 2), Mishawaka 7; Assists: Plymouth 7 (Briles 3), Mishawaka 4; Fouls (fouled out): Plymouth 12 (none), Mishawaka 22 (Staples).
Records: Plymouth 11-10, Mishawaka 4-17 (final)

For the full story, read Friday's edition of the Pilot News.

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