Thursday night, it was a nip-and-tuck game throughout the contest between Plymouth and Penn, two teams that just one year ago played an overtime game at Penn High School. Penn won that game 52-42 in OT. A different story in the 2012-13 version as Plymouth’s Mack Mercer scored 31 points and collected 15 rebounds to lead his Pilgrims to a 66-62 win in another overtime battle with Penn.
“I was very pleased with our effort. Penn is a great team, coached by a great coach whose in the Hall of Fame. We needed to come out hard for four quarters, and ended up needing that great effort for 36 minutes. I really liked our defensive intensity by everyone. When your going up against a D-1 prospect whose heading to Notre Dame for a reason, you have to play solid for all four quarters. Keyser McCrammer and Ike Kastner did just that for us defensively on Austin Torres. Once again we witnessed David Lee on the floor going after loose balls, creating turnovers”, said Plymouth Head Coach Ryan Bales.
The match-up featured two outstanding offensive stars. Penn’s 6’7-Center and Notre Dame bound, Austin Torres and Plymouth’s 6’9-Center, Mack Mercer, had a season high 31 points by nights end, with 15 rebounds to help the effort.
“This was an important game for him. I felt he needed to play well in every aspect of his game to give us a chance to win. He did that and then some. He was challenged throughout the week at practice. He came in tonight answered that challenged. Now it’s about continuing that improvement and just getting better.”, added Bales.
Penn struggled at the Free Throw line shooting a lowly 52% (11/21). Meanwhile, Plymouth thrived on getting to the line 39 times hitting 30 of them (76%).
Plymouths starts off the New Year with two gams. Friday the 4th, a home to Elkart Memorial and also home to Tippy Valley on the 5th. Both games can bee heard on WTCA. AM1050.com; AM1050; 97/1FM inhouse.