(Plymouth, IN) - Slicer coach Jordan Heckard felt that tempo was key in Friday night’s game at Plymouth. The Pilgrims came into Friday’s game with a 2-0 record winning by scores of 46 - 37 and 47 - 29. They play a very deliberate offense and suffocating defense.
La Porte used an aggressive 1-3-1 trapping zone and great shooting to speed the Pilgrims up, sprinting to a 22 - 11 first quarter lead. All five starters scored in the quarter Led by Rylin Kieszkowski and Malik Corley with 6 points each. The long and quick Kieszkowski played the point of the 1-3-1 and made it difficult for the Pilgrims to get into their offensive. The aggressive defense forced Plymouth to rush several shots.
Plymouth found their rhythm in the second quarter outscoring La Porte 12 - 11. The Slicers got a huge boost from Dominic Thomson. Thomson, who is 6’6, is came out for basketball for the first time this year. The senior hit two three pointers in the quarter, accounting for over half of the Slicer output. La Porte led 33 - 23 at halftime.
The Slicers stretched their lead to 48-32 after three quarters. Tommy Samuelson blocked 3 shots, with a steal and an assist in the first two minutes of the half. Kieszkowski scored 8 points in the quarter and Kyle Kirkham added 5.
Plymouth’s Davis Wray made Slicer fans a bit nervous by scoring the first 6 points of the fourth quarter. This cut the lead to 10. La Porte regained control and outscored the Pilgrims 15 - 2 to make the final 63 - 40.
Eight different Slicers scored in the game. Kieszkowski had 19, Kirkham 17, and Corley 8. Je’Meryion Cross and Thomson had 6, Samuelson 3, along with Dylan Salisbury and Brennan Balka who had 2 each. Nic Spence didn’t score but played a huge roll in a Slicer defense that allowed Plymouth only 17 second half points. La Porte was 6 - 7 from the foul line and improved to 2 - 1 on the season.
Plymouth was led in scoring by Wray and Easton Strain who each had 15 points.
SLICER JV’S LOSE DOUBLE OVERTIME HEARTBREAKER
(Plymouth, IN) - The varsity game got a late start as Matt Miller’s JV team lost a double overtime thriller 45 - 44. Plymouth led La Porte 28 - 22 at the half. The Slicers outscored the Pilgrims 13 - 0 in the 3rd quarter to lead 28 -2 2 going into the 4th. La Porte couldn’t hold the lead and the game was tied 33 - 33 after regulation, then 36 - 36 after the first overtime.
Plymouth led by four points heading into the final minute of overtime number two. La Porte stormed back and took a 44 - 43 lead with 9 seconds left on a Vann Warner 3 pointer. Coming out of a time out, Plymouth got the ball inside and scored what turned out to be the winning basket with .8 left on the clock. La Porte’s desperation pass was deflected and the Slicers fell to 1 - 2 on the young season.
Javelle Broome, Sawyer Tonagel, Gage Raymond and Warner all had 9 points for La Porte. Eli Taylor added 8.
The Slicers travel to New Prairie Saturday night. Varsity tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm with the JV starting at 5:30. You can listen to all of the action 96.7 The Eagle with pregame at 6:45 pm.