Coming off a 68-51 win over Memorial, Plymouth had to turn around and face a Tippicanoe Valley team ranked #13 in 3A on Saturday. Thanks to a four quarter team effort, Plymouth defeated the Vikings 63-46.
For a second night Kyser McCrammer drew the defensive stopper’s role on Valley’s Nick Kindig and for the second night held the opponent’s best offensive player under his normal output.
“They are (Tippy Valley) a scary team. We feel fortunate to come out with a win against these guys,” said Plymouth coach Ryan Bales on the WTCA Post Game Show. “This team is going to win a lot games. Their experienced. They are well coached, you just know that they are going to be even better by playoff time.”
Valley showed their scrappy character throughout the ballgame. They erased a 10 point deficit to get even in the second half at one point. Valley even outscored the Pilgrims in the third quarter 23-21 to make the game more interesting. Nick Kindig had just 8 points after two quarters and finished with 19 by games end.
“That’s a good player. He stepped up in the second half and was forcing us to clamp down even harder defensively. But….I’m proud of our teams performance as well. We let the game get away from us in the second half, our “big man” (Mack Mercer) went down with foul trouble. But I was proud of our response from our experienced kids. Joe Knapp hit a some big shots. Tom Felke made…and I think the bank was open late tonight here in Plymouth….with his 3-point bank shot late when we needed it. It was a great team effort. A great win for us.”, Bales added.
Plymouth shot a season best 63% for the night. Most of it was a good first half shooting performance, the rest of the second half success came from the foul line, where Plymouth shot 6/9 in the fourth quarter. David Lee was a key reason why defensively Plymouth kept their lead, getting three huge steals, one assist and only one turnover.
“I think it’s important for David to understand his role on this team. I think David, Ike (Kastner), Keyser (McCrammer) have to do the little things for us. They got to rebound, they gotta find ways to score some points every now and then. And I thought tonight in key stretches, David happen to be the one scoring in a few of those stretches, but Kastner and McCrammer kept tipping balls out, just showing grittiness in their play. They took charges and made a lot of hustle plays that don’t get into newspaper stats a lot. When those three are doing their job…yea, their play becomes contagious to their teammates.”
The Plymouth Pilgrims improve to 9-1 overall. 2-1 in the NLC. They will have a KEY match-up with unbeaten Concord in Dunlap on Friday night. Back home for a non-conference game against Laporte.
Both games can be heard here on WTCA AM1050, AM1050.com and inside the gym at 97.1fm.