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A rough first half for Plymouth, not enough to overcome comeback in CMA loss

February 16, 2011
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The Pilgrims had a poor first half shooting performance in a 46-36 loss to potential Sectional opponent the Culver Academy Eagles.

Shooting 11% after two quarters make things tough for you in pretty much all facets of your game, especially when your facing a talented Eagles squad as Plymouth did.  Plymouth shot 2/18 after the first two quarters and trailed at the half by a 27-6 score, including a scoreless 6:30 Pilgrim stint.   A three pointer by Brock Smith and three points by Plymouth post-man, Mack Mercer were the only scoring for Plymouth.

CMA couldn’t miss in the first half, hitting 11/18 (61%) with Jermaine Meyers and Juwan Brescacin already in double digits (11 and 10 points respectively).

The second half witnessed a more intense effort on Plymouth’s behalf, outscoring CMA 16-9, with the Pilgrims twin towers of Sean Smith and Mack Mercer collecting 6 points each in the quarter.

“In the third quarter, I felt the defensive stop on CMA’s first possession was a big boost for us and we went on a run of our own from that point on.”, said Varsity Asst. Coach, Tony Plothow.   “We eventually outscored CMA 30-19 in the second half.  We just dug such a deep hole the 1st half, we couldn’t climb out of it.”

Plymouth’s second half defense slowed down two of their “Big 3″, holding 2 of their top 3 scorers under their average by games end.   Jermaine Meyers finished with 24 pts and 6 assists, plus, showed why he’s a good D1 prospect in the future.   But Juwan Brescacin was held to 4 points in the second half after planting 12 in the first two quarters.  The 7’1-Senior, Cheir Ajou only collected 2 points and 2 rebounds by games end.

“We knew Meyers was going to get his.  It was Brescacin and Ajou we felt the match-ups would be more of a challenge.  The coaching staff liked how we finished, strong.   We now have to build on that heading into Knox on Friday.”, added Plothow.

WTCA next broadcast will be Friday at 7pm at Knox.

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