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Plymouth finishes regular season on high note heading to Sectionals

February 23, 2011
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 The Plymouth Pilgrims finally got the “monkey of their back” with an impressive 43-30 win over potential Sectional opponent, John Glenn.

“This was a good win for us heading into the tournament.”, said Head Coach Kevin Stuckmeyer.  “We did things well as a collective unit on the floor.   We realized our strength was going inside to Mack (Mercer) and finally finished on almost 80% of our possessions.”

Plymouth finished shooting 49% for the night (17/35).  Freshman Mack Mercer was the leading scorer with 20 pts and 3 rebounds, along with 1 assist, 2 blocks, 2 steals.

Stuckmeyer added, “We felt we could win the battle inside.  But it took our seniors to give Mack the ball when he needed it.  It’s getting to the point where we are not surprised by what Mercer’s doing, because we knew he could be a strong presence underneath.  Mack made good shot decisions throughout the ballgame.  He passed when it wasn’t there for him.  Mack has matured greatly as the season has moved on.”

Glenn has struggled in the rebounding department, largely due to a lack of size.  Last night, Plymouth exploited that aspect with help from Senior John Ruff.  Ruff finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

“John was setting the tone every second he was out there.  I liked how aggressive he was on offense.  Defensively he continues to do things that go unnoticed to the average basketball fan.  He will be important for the Sectional run.”, said Stuckmeyer.

Turnovers were 15 for Plymouth, 7 for Glenn.

“We have to shore up the turnover issue.  We gave up 10 points off giveaways.   Still too many.  We have to take of the ball better than that.”, ended Stuckmeyer.  “But overall, VERY pleased how we came out mentally ready to play.  We showed what we are capable of.”

The last 6 win season was back in 1988.  Plymouth finished the regular season 6-14.  But the Pilgrims have a chance to go beyond that winning mark when Sectionals roll around next Wednesday at 6:30pm when Plymouth faces New Prairie.

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