By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Flying Dutchmen Boys basketall team, 2-3 (0-2), fell tp the Addison Panthers, 3-2 (1-1), on Dec. 12 in their conference home opener, 53-46.
With seniors Luther Westcott out for the year and Devon Kelly missing another game due to injury, the Dutchmen have had to change their rotatiom amd line ups.
A late push came up short as a strong third quarter from the Panthers won them the game, outscoring the Dutchmen, 20-7 in the quarter.
At the end of the first half, the score remained close with the Dutchmen leading 22-16. Early on, the full court pressure of the Dutchmen caused turnovers and had many deflections as they led the whole first half.
Both sides came away with
With under three minutes in the half, the Dutchmen went on a small run to end the half to gain som momentum.
Dutchmen sophomore guard/forward Cody Guernsey, who will be seeing a bigger role with Westcott and Kelly out, found junior point guard Ty Horky for a
Dutchmen junior guard Joe Rogowski, another rotational player that will see more time with the injuries, took a charge with just over a
“At half-time offensively we made some minor adjustments and talked about execution,” said Manchester head coach Mike Ahrens. “They were pressuring, a very good defensive team. Defeneisvley, I wanted to focus on rebounds and not giving them second and third chances.”
The third quarter was where the Panthers won the game. They outscored the Dutchmen 20-7, as the Dutchmen couldn’t get a shot to fall and were pressured heavily by the Panthers in the full court.
With 3:33 in the third, the Panthers took the lead for the first time and wouldn’t give it up. A driving layup from Panthers senior guard Noah Hermansen gave them the 26-24 lead.
Hermansen, one of seven seniors on the experience-laden Panthers, led the team with 19 points off of the bench as the Panthers bench outscored the Dutchmen, 20-2.
A Horky layup stopped the bleeding as the Panthers started the half on an 18-2 run, taking a 34-26 lead.
Horky made a step back three to cut the lead to 34-29 at the end of the third but that’s as close as the Dutchmen would get as the Panthers hit their free throws down the stretch to secure the 53-46 win.
Horky came into the game averaging 30.5 points per game, he led the team against the Panthers with 24 points as attention continues to turn to him with Kelly out.
Moving forward the perimeter play and the interior play of junior forward Braeden Caszatt becomes that much more important with the bench shorter.
Caszatt added eight points as the second leading scorer and a team-high nine defensive rebounds.
With injuries mounting, Ahrens told the team that everyone would need to step up and help fill that production. Another basket here, another rebound there.
The Dutchmen 2-3 (0-2) host Hanover Horton (4-0) on Dec. 14.