Where has the season gone?? The Plymouth Pilgrim men’s basketball team plays their last regular season game of the year tonight at The Rock. The Pilgrims host the Goshen RedHawks in a make up game that was originally postponed by the frigid air three weeks ago. The Pilgrims enter the contest at 4-2 in the NLC and 13-8 overall. With a win tonight, the Pilgrims will finish in a 3rd place tie with Northridge in supremacy in the NLC. Elkhart Memorial and Warsaw finished the season atop the NLC standings at 6-1.
Goshen enters tonight’s final NLC game of the year at 1-5 in the NLC and 8-12 overall. Their lone NLC win came two weeks ago as they beat Wawasee in double overtime 42-41 at home.
The Pilgrims lead the all-time series against Goshen 40-30. The Pilgrims won last year at Goshen 44-32. The Pilgrims have currently won three games in a row. Goshen last won in this series during the 2014-2015 season at Plymouth 51-48.
It will be interesting to see how tonight’s game plays out as these NLC opponents will lock horns again next Wednesday night at Northside Gym in Elkhart in IHSAA Sectional play. The last time these two teams faced each other in IHSAA Tournament play was during the 1962-1963 season. They faced each other in Regional play at Northside Gym also. Back then the gym was only nine years old as it was built in 1954. On that day Goshen downed the Pilgrims 99-67. The Pilgrims were coached by Myron Peebles. Seniors on the Pilgrim team included Dan Hallman, Larry Moore, Skip Long, Tim Connell, Phil Hartung, Larry Kring, Phil Peregrine, and Bill Yandell.
Goshen went on and lost to South Bend Central in the Regional Championship game at Northside Gym 53-51 in overtime. South Bend Central then won the semi state at the Coliseum in Fort Wayne. They then went on to the State Finals where they defeated Terre Haute Garfield before losing the State Championship game to Muncie Central.
Several people will also be honored tonight at The Rock. It will be senior night as the senior players and cheerleaders will be honored. Also the girl’s basketball team will be recognized as IHSAA Sectional winners this year, Halle Reichard will be recognized as a 1000 point career scorer, Coach Dave Duncan will be recognized for his 100th career win coaching the Lady Pilgrims and junior wrestler Graham Calhoun will be recognized for qualifying for the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals for the third consecutive year.
In a special ceremony, former PHS Athletic Director Roy Benge will also be honored with the NLC Service Award for his contributions not only to PHS Athletics, but also to the Northern Lakes Conference.