“This was the first time I questioned our energy effort tonight. We have been bit by the flu bug this week and it looked like it against Northwood. And yet…we were still in the ballgame, what….up 6 or 8 points with 4:30 left in the ballgame. We didn’t finish. We didn’t handle the pressure well enough. This was a disappointing loss for us.”, said PHS Coach Ryan Bales.
That lack of Plymouth energy really was exposed in a couple of statistical numbers by games end: Fouls and Turnovers. Northwood didn’t even get to the Free Throw line in the first half. By the end of the game, the Panthers finished with 28 attempts, hitting 19. 20 fouls took place in the second half for Plymouth. 12 of the 18 turnovers occured also in the second half for Plymouth.
“I felt we scratched our way back from a deficit in the first half, up one (23-22) at halftime, that we were alright. But to Northwood’s credit their transition offense just gave us fits, despite our preparation for it, and we just simply did some uncharacteristic things in that ballgame. David Lee’s effort tonight was the main reason we were even in the ballgame. He made some amazing “effort” plays that allowed us offensive opportunities.”, said Bales.
Plymouth shot under 50% for the first time this season, 48% to be exact. Northwood finished 44% from the floor despite getting outrebounded by Plymouth 29-19.
“John Wilkinson is a very good player. From the tip, you could tell he was ready to carry his team on his shoulders. He was tough to guard, impressive to watch.”, added Bales.
Wilkinson finished with 22 points, 12 in the second half for Northwood. Plymouth’s Mack Mercer put up 27 points in the loss.
Plymouth falls to 5-1 (0-1 in the NLC). They travel to Whitko on the 19th, home to Penn on the 20th. Both games will be heard on AM1050, AM1050.com, and inhouse at 97.1FM.