The Plymouth Pilgrims will be hosting the Northwood Panthers Friday night at The Rock. Northwood comes into the game with a record of 5-1. They have defeated Lakeland, Triton, Westview, Fairfield, and Jimtown. Their only loss was a one point defeat at South Bend St. Joe. The Pilgrims are 4-1 on the year with victories over Bremen, Triton, Rochester, and Peru. Their only defeat coincidentally came at South Bend St. Joe by five points. According to the Sagarin Ratings, the Pilgrims are favored by one point.
The Panthers are currently on a two game winning streak over the Pilgrims. Northwood won last year 56-55 and two years ago 69-63 in OT. Over the last 15 years, the Pilgrims lead the series 9-7 including the 2007 semi-state victory over the Panthers that propelled the Pilgrims toward their 3A State championship. The Pilgrims lead the all-time series against Northwood 33-14. This series started during the 1969-70 season when Wakarusa and Nappanee consolidated to form Northwood. The Pilgrims won that first game 86-54 at Lincoln.
The Panthers have been lead this season by the guard tandem of 6-1 junior Braxton Linville(16 PPG and 6 APG) and 5-10 sophomore Vincent Miranda(14 PPG). 6-6 senior Cam Simpson(7PPG) and 6-4 junior Dakiyron Fox(14 PPG) add strength inside.
The Pilgrims have been lead by 6-4 junior Josh Anders, 6-4 senior Tyler England, and 6-1 junior Cam Eveland. The Pilgrims are coming off a road victory last Friday night at Peru 51-43.
The game will be the featured Channel 46 Game-of-the -Week. Chuck Freeby, Bob Nagle, and Bo Hundt will be here Friday night to cover the game. AM1050 WTCA with Brian Kunze and Nick Chaney will start their broadcast at approximately 7:00PM.
JV tip-off is set for 6:15. Doors will open and tickets will go on sale starting at 5:15.