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Pilgrims wait out ‘mind game’ in win at Wawasee

January 19, 2013

SYRACUSE — Sometimes you expect something and the opposite happens. Plymouth’s Pilgrims took on a team noted for chaotic full-court play, and wound up playing a Wawasee team taking the air out of the ball.
Plymouth out-waited the Warriors by a 57-30 final in a Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball game Friday.
“It’s kind of a mind game any time you play (Wawasee),” said Plymouth head coach Ryan Bales. “They play chaotic at times, then they showed tonight they are willing to slow it down and run the four-corner offense. I think our guys kept their composure really well; we wanted to make plays and be aggressive but it’s like I told them at halftime it’s like being patiently aggressive. That’s tough. They want to get out, they want to make plays and get after them.”
The Pilgrims did get after them — as a pack. Offensively in the first half Ike Kastner nailed a key pair of 3s and Mack Mercer — held scoreless for much of the first 16 minutes — responded by holding court in the paint. 
The Plymouth middle man was two blocked shots shy of his first triple/double of the season turning away any Wawasee drive and racking up 14 points 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
The Pilgrims put away the one-on-one offense too, striving for the team approach.
“I think we had 23 assists,” said Bales of his team’s play. “A lot of unselfish play. I give our guys a lot of credit for looking for the open guy tonight.”
It was Kastner and senior guard David Lee that set that tone.
“Ike and David set the tone,” said Bales. “Ike came out and hit a couple shots. He’s still taking charges at the end. I thought he did a great job when Kyser (McCrammer) came out with two fouls. David had a couple layups he didn’t finish. We had him for eight assists, a ton of steals; he had a great floor game. He had times where he could have made a layup and passed to the open guy.”
And the Plymouth defense once again was the star of the game.
“We wanted to play great one-on-one defense,” said Bales. “There were times when we had great help side but we don’t always want to depend on that. I think our guys did a great job keeping them out of the paint and once they went to that four corners our guys made it extremely difficult for them to catch the ball.”
Plymouth is now 11-2 with a game at Northridge next week. Wawasee moves to 3-9.
• PLYMOUTH 57, WAWASEE 30
At Syrcause
Score by Quarters
Plymouth 12  31  47  57
Wawasee  6  11  19  30
PLYMOUTH (57): Matt Flynn 0 0-1 0, Joe Knapp 5 0-0 11, David Lee 3 1-2 7, Nick Bayley 0 0-0 0, Mack Mercer 6 2-2 14, Ike Kastner 4 1-1 11, Kyser McCrammer 0 0-0 0, Trent Briles 1 2-2 5, Josh Anders 2 0-1 4, Tom Felke 2 0-0 5, Michael Kaser 0 0-1 0, Tyler England 0 0-0 0, Reid Yoder 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 6-10 57.
WAWASEE (30): Aaron Voirol 3 0-2 8, Jeffrey Moore 1 0-0 3, Gage Reinhard 1 0-0 2, Jake Hutchinson 0 0-0 0, Chase Myers 2 0-0 6, David Rocha 1 0-0 3, Bailey Hershberger 0 0-0 0, Sam Clark 0 0-0 0, Alex Clark 1 3-3 6, Chase Rookstool 0 0-0 0, Stori Bright 0 2-2 2, Elijah Solina 0 0-0 0, Kody Carpenter 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 5-7 30.
3 Pt. FG - Plymouth 5-9 (Kastner 2), Wawasee 7-26 (Voirol, Myers 2); Rebounds - Plymouth 20 (Mercer 10), Wawasee 23 (Alex Clark 6); Assists - Plymouth 20 (Lee 9) Wawasee 7 (Reinhard, Rocha, Clark 2); Steals - Plymouth 12, Wawasee 5 (Reinhard 3); Turnovers - Plymouth 10, Wawasee 16; Fouls (Fouled Out) - Plymouth 12, Wawasee 16.
JV Box
Plymouth 43, Wawasee 32
WAWASEE (32): Voirol 4 0-0 10, Hutchinson 3 0-0 7, Moore 2 0-0 6, Rocha 1 0-0 2, Hershberger 1 0-0 3, Clark 0 0-0 0, Eckard 0 0-0 0, Ciriello 0 0-0 0, Rookstool 0 2-2 2, Bright 0 0-0 0, Solina 1 0-0 2, Carpenter 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 2-2 32.
PLYMOUTH (43): Flynn 3 3-4 9, Hildebrand 0 0-0 0, Barron 0 0-0 0, Holloway 0 0-0 0, Yoder 1 1-2 3, Bayley 3 0-0 6, England 2 0-0 4, Kaser 4 0-0 10, Carmichael 1 1-3 4, Stone 0 1-2 1, Parkhurst 0 0-0 0, Mareska 0 0-0 0, Anders 3 0-0 6. Totals 17 5-9 43.
3 Pt. FG - Plymouth 4 (Kaser 2); Rebounds - Plymouth 13 (Yoder, Anders 3)

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