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Pilgrims WIN their 35th Sectional in team history

March 3, 2013

  Three games in three nights proved a tall order for either South Bend St. Joseph or the Plymouth Pilgrims in the Championship Game of the Sectionals.   Not since 2010, had the Pilgrims captured a Sectional title until Saturday nights 74-45 win over the Indians.

  “I’m just so proud of this boys”, said Head Coach Ryan Bales.  “Winning three games in three days in one of the toughest Sectionals in state….says a lot of this teams character.  We came off an incredible win against Mishawaka Marian where we just played so well as a unit.  Taking care of our first game against Jimtown.  I’m just so proud of them.”

  Plymouth finally showed their offensive capability from outside hitting 11/17 from the arc.

“We were due for one of these games.  We have the shooters to make three’s.  We also have the players that make things happen inside.  I felt our offensive game was just balanced the entire four quarters.   I also thought our defensive play eventually wore them down.  Yea…we may have given St. Joe momentum at times, but we still recovered well.  Plus,  again, St. Joe is a really good, well coached team.”, said Bales.

  For a second straight game, Senior Joe Knapp led the Pilgrims in scoring, with 20 points.  His 24 points the night before against Mishawaka Marian, were a huge reason for getting Plymouth to the Championship game.

Joe is playing so well right now.  He’s creating and reading scoring opportunities.  He has made a huge stride this season in becoming a ball player.  He’s tough to guard right now.”, said Bales.

  Staying out of foul trouble was a key for the Plymouth star Mac Mercer.  Although a victum of a couple of questionable whistles, Mercer found himself with two early fouls and leaving his coach with a decision to keep him out or leave him on the court.

“Well, Mac (Mercer) played well for us.  Yea, he may have had to sit for a stretch, but when he was out their he was making a difference.  Opponents are going to keep going after him, even harder now that we are in the playoffs.   Mac just needs to be a little smarter on his fouls he’s getting called on.”, added Bales.

  Mercer finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds.

  Plymouth will face West Lafayette (19-5) in the first game of the Plymouth Regionals.  WTCA begin broadcasting with the Coaches Corner at 8AM LIVE from the Rock!