If Big Red sports fan have learned anything early with 2nd year Head Coach Ryan Bales, “hustle” will not be an issue in a ballgame under his tenure. Hustle led to many transition points Saturday night in route to a 83-48 win over Marshall County rival, Bremen Lions.
“It’s what we as a coaching staff expect in our kids. We want them playing hard every possession on both sides of the ball. Tonight I thought we did that. It seemed that everybody contributed and just played hard against a VERY GOOD Bremen team. I don’t a lot of people will understand by looking at the box score, that we beat a talented Bremen team. Coach Eakins does a great job with his kids. Tonight we needed to be faster and more physical to beat our opponent and we did.”, said Plymouth Head Coach Ryan Bales.
Division 1 prospect Mack Mercer finished with 18 points in the ballgame, 12 coming in the second half. Junior Tom Felke knocked down 3 straight three’s in the second quarter that really opened the game up for the Pilgrims.
“We are going to need that kind of production from our bench. Tom provided it and we expect him too. I thought his second quarter shooting was a catalyst for us heading into halftime.”, added Bales.
One telling stat that proved to be a positive for the Pilgrims were the six turnovers in the ballgame.
“I thought we took care of the ball very well tonight. That is going to be a crucial aspect of our game we need to be consistent on. We will struggle when we turn over the ball more than 15 times in a ballgame. That stat has to be a low number.”, said Bales.
Plymouth will face Triton next Tuesday night. WTCA Pre-Game Show around 7:00pm. Bring your radio to the ballgame and listen to both AM & FM channels inside the gym.