Warsaw routs Plymouth, 72-27

PLYMOUTH — Coming off an upset by Elkhart Memorial last week, Warsaw was on a mission.
With star point guard Nick Moore sitting out the first quarter for disciplinary reasons, the Class 4A No. 8 Tigers got off to a relatively slow start, but once they got rolling they were impossible to stop. Warsaw went on a 20-0 rampage spanning the first 4:43 of the second half to put the game out of reach, going on to rout host Plymouth 72-27 in a Northern Lakes Conference contest at The Rock Thursday.
“I did not expect this,” said Warsaw head basketball coach Doug Ogle. “I was expecting a close, low-scoring game, and I’m real happy with how we played. I think we possibly turned a corner tonight.
“Our guys have pride. We were disappointed in how we played against Memorial, and we just said we can do better. We need to do better.”
“They are an extremely good Warsaw team, and more than that they’ve had success last year, this year, and you can just kind of see that they just understand what it takes,” said Plymouth head coach Kevin Stuckmeyer. “They’ve had success and they have that — not overly cocky — but that swagger of ‘We’re going to take care of business,’ and they have that mindset in most every game that they’ve played. We knew that they would bring that tonight and we hoped to match it, and obviously we didn’t.”
The Tigers claimed a 29-12 advantage in the first half before their 8-of-11 third quarter staked them to a 55-19 lead going into the final period. They finished the game at a 70 percent field goal clip with 26-of-37 shooting, while holding the Pilgrims to a woeful 9-of-36, 25 percent rate from the floor, and all 13 Warsaw players scored, led by Lucas Grose’s 12 points and Jordyn Coon’s 10.
No one on Plymouth’s squad reached double figures in the loss as Sean Smith paced the team with seven points and four rebounds.
“We have a game Tuesday. I think that’s probably the silver lining, that we still get to play,” said Stuckmeyer. “This isn’t a sectional; we still get a chance to learn from something like this and remember this feeling... Hopefully, we can take that out, but time will tell if there’s that silver lining, I think.”
While Plymouth falls to 5-12 overall with a 2-5 NLC finish, Warsaw improves to 15-2 and closes out its conference schedule at 6-1, winning a second straight NLC crown after the Tigers’ perfect NLC campaign last year. That title represents the first time anyone has won the NLC outright since Warsaw did it with back-to-back 7-0 NLC seasons in 93-94 and 94-95.
“We weren’t able to do back-to-back undefeated seasons, but we were able to do back-to-back outright,” said Ogle. “That’s a nice accomplishment for us.”
At Plymouth
Score by quarters
Warsaw: 10 29 55 72
Plymouth: 5 12 19 27
WARSAW (72): Brock Anson 0 4-4 4, Jared Bloom 2 0-1 5, Joey Sparkman 2 0-0 5, Brock Davis 1 2-2 5, Nick Moore 1 2-2 5, Chris O’Hara 0 1-3 1, Jordyn Coon 4 1-1 10, Rhett Kesler 3 1-2 8, Lucas Grose 6 0-0 12, Jay Holladay 3 0-0 8, Jalen Roscoe 1 0-0 2, Clay Anderson 2 2-2 6, Travis Thomas 2 0-0 4; Totals: 26 13-17 72.
PLYMOUTH (27): Ryan McNeil 2 0-0 4, Brock Smith 1 0-0 2, Houston Hodges 1 0-0 2, Kyser McCrammer 0 0-0 0, John Ruff 1 2-3 4, Kyle Kaser 1 0-0 3, Mitch Holloway 0 0-0 0, Sean Smith 2 1-2 7, Mack Mercer 1 3-4 5, Joe Knapp 0 0-0 0, Gabe Vervynckt 0 0-1 0; Totals: 9 6-10 27.
3-point goals: Warsaw 7 (Holladay 2, Bloom, Sparkman, Moore, Coon, Kesler), Plymouth 3 (S. Smith 2, Kaser); Turnovers: Warsaw 5, Plymouth 14; Rebounds: Warsaw 25 (Grose 4), Plymouth 17 (S. Smith 4); Steals: Warsaw 6 (Moore 2, Holladay 2), Plymouth 4 (McNeil, B. Smith, Ruff, Vervynckt); Assists: Warsaw 18 (Moore 8), Plymouth 4 (Hodges 2); Total fouls (fouled out): Warsaw 15 (none), Plymouth 15 (none); Records: Warsaw 15-2 (6-1 NLC), Plymouth 5-12 (2-5 NLC).
JV score: Plymouth 46 (Connor Flynn 14), Warsaw 35 (Jordan Wray 10).