The Plymouth Boy’s Basketball team faces their second consecutive double weekend this Friday and Saturday night. On Friday, the Pilgrims travel to NLC foe Concord to try to remain unbeaten in the NLC. On Saturday, the Pilgrims will face 2005 PHS graduate and all-time leading PHS scorer Kyle Benge and his LaPorte Slicers.
Concord comes into the NLC contest with a 1-1 record in the NLC and 2-7 overall. Their two wins have come in their last two contests as they defeated Hammond Noll and Goshen last Friday night. Their losses have been to Michigan City, SB St Joe, Penn, SB Riley, Elkhart Memorial, Jimtown, and Mishawaka Marian. 6-4 senior wing player Michael Johnson lead Concord against Goshen scoring 28 points and hauling down eight rebounds.
The Pilgrims come into the NLC contest at 2-0 in the conference. They sit atop the NLC with the Warsaw Tigers at 2-0. The Pilgrims are 9-3 overall as the picked up a double win weekend to open 2019 over Elkhart Memorial and Tippecanoe Valley.
Clay Hilliard is leading the Pilgrim attack at nearly 19 PPG. Cole Filson (11.6 PPG) and Jake Reichard (10.8 PPG) also average in double figures for the Pilgrims. Reichard was injured late in the first half vs Tippy Valley Saturday night but appears to be at 100% for this weekend.
The Pilgrims will host an up-and-coming LaPorte Slicer team Saturday night at The Rock. After six games this year, the Slicers sat at 2-4 but since have run off five consecutive wins including a huge win over Top 10 ranked Logansport in a Christmas Break tourney. The Slicer wins have come against SB Clay, Hobart, SB Adams, New Prairie, Twin Lakes, Logansport, and Lake Central. Their losses have been to SB Riley, SB Washington, Elkhart Memorial, and Lowell.
The Slicers host Chesterton in a Duneland Athletic Conference game Friday before visiting The Rock Saturday night. Chesterton is 10-2 on the year.
LaPorte is coached by 2005 Plymouth High School graduate Kyle Benge. Kyle is the all-time leading scorer for the Pilgrims at 1979 points. He passed former NBA player and Coach Scott Skiles as the all-time PHS scoring leader late in his senior season.
Kyle lead the Pilgrims to the 3A State Championship game where they were defeated by Washington 74-72 in OT.
The Plymouth High School Athletic Department will also be honoring their most recent inductees to the Plymouth Athletic Support Staff Hall-of-Fame. The Kuhn Family along with retiring custodian Trudy Stearns will be recognized for their work with the PHS Athletic Department.
JV tip-off Friday night at Concord is scheduled for 6:15 while the home game Saturday night vs LaPorte will tip-off at 6:30 (EST). WTCA AM1050 will be on hand for both contests if you are unable to attend.