If Tuesday nights performance by the 2011-2012 Plymouth Pilgrims is any indication of what is to come, it’s going to be a fun season of Big Red Basketball. Plymouth snapped a four season losing streak to the #1-1A ranked Triton with a 60-43 win at the Trojan Trench.
“Nice win for our kids to start the season.”, said new Head Coach Ryan Bales. “I felt our kids handled Triton’s runs really well, on top of the fact we had several runs of our own, especially in the first half. We did a lot of things right in our first game but we still have a lot to work on as well.”
Plymouth’s defensive pressure on Triton’s guards really took the Trojans out of their comfort zone early, they struggled establishing adapting to Plymouth’s pace of the game. Triton ended with 18 turnovers of which Plymouth converted 11 points on.
“I also thought our rebounding was pretty good tonight. Mack Mercer was very strong underneath. Which shows you when Mack wants the ball, he usually puts himself in great position to get the board.”, said Bales.
Of the 30 Plymouth rebounds, Mercer had 14, 5 offensive boards. Triton finished with 25 rebounds, sophomore Tanner Shepherd had 6 of them.
Plymouth kept shooting better as the game went on, 41% in the first half, 70% in the second half, and 53% by games end.
Plymouth will get ready for their first home game on Friday when they face Rochester. 6:50pm WTCA pre-game show.