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Reinartz, Bowers score 16 each, but Plymouth’s 7-0 run beats Zebras

Prater adds 14 points, 8 rebounds


Sports Editor, RTC

Drew Bowers

PLYMOUTH — Preston Wolfe scored a game-high 19 points, including the game-tying layup after a steal in the fourth quarter as part of a 7-0 game-ending run, to lead the Plymouth boys basketball team to a 67-63 win over Rochester at The Rock Tuesday.

Kadyn Ellery added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Coby Walters had 13, including the game-winning driving banker with 1:11 left, for Plymouth, who snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 7-11.

Tanner Reinartz hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Drew Bowers also scored 16 for Rochester, who fell to 8-8 despite making 10 3-pointers. Owen Prater added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Owen Prater

Rochester had been 6-0 in games where it scored 60 or more points prior to Tuesday. They had won their last 12 games when scoring at least 60 and had not lost when scoring 60 since a 69-62 loss to North White on Jan. 29, 2022.

“There were some things we did tonight that we did a lot better than we did Saturday afternoon (in a 46-44 loss to Lewis Cass),” Rochester coach Rob Malchow said. “Like I told them, if we had played with that energy Saturday afternoon, that’s a game we’d have gotten, but we didn’t. We came out tonight and played with a lot better energy – how we attacked them, shot the ball a lot better. And like we talk about, if you play with a lot of energy, then you’ve got good focus, and if you’ve got great focus, then you’ve got good execution, and it was a lot better.”

Rochester trailed 59-52 after a Wolfe 3-pointer from the right corner but went on an 11-1 run, retaking the lead at 61-60 with 3:45 left on a trey from the right corner from Reinartz off a Jonas Kiser assist.

Bowers’ pullup jumper in transition with 3:22 left made it 63-60, but they never scored again.

Ellery split a pair of free throws with 2:38 left.

Bowers missed a 3 from the left corner, but Prater blocked Dan Nguyen’s 3-point try from the left corner.

But Wolfe pilfered a Kiser pass and took it in for the game-tying bunny with 1:45 left.

The 6-5 Ellery then blocked the 6-0 Prater at the rim.

Walters then ran behind a Trenton Van Duyne screen behind the 3-point line, and when Reinartz closed out quickly, Walters drove past him and laid it in.

Bowers missed a 3-pointer, and Ellery scrambled for the rebound and threw it off Baugher’s leg out of bounds with 47.1 seconds left.

Nguyen split a pair of free throws with 28.8 seconds left to make it 66-63.

Carson Paulik missed a 3-pointer from the right corner that would have tied it. Reinartz grabbed the offensive rebound, and Van Duyne immediately stripped him, and Wolfe recovered the loose ball.

Paulik fouled VanDuyne with 1.9 seconds left, who made the clinching free throw.

Rochester led 50-40 on a Bowers free throw with 2:44 left in the third quarter, but Plymouth answered with a 19-2 run covering the third and fourth quarters.

“We’ve played some real good defensive halves and some real poor defensive halves,” Plymouth coach Joel Grindle said. “The first half was the latter. And you know, our guys got down 10, and after losing … seven out of eight … we’ll just say it’s been a long January, you have every right when you go down 10 to a team that’s hitting every shot and you’re not sure if they’re ever going to miss and you’re not sure why everything’s not going right for you and why everything’s going against you… They had every reason to hang it down, but I tell you what, our guys really battled back, and it was a lot of heart and toughness and will to win.”

Van Duyne had a spinning 3-point play and another driving layup with 8.4 seconds left in the third quarter that gave Plymouth a 51-50 lead.

Wolfe hit a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the fourth quarter before Prater answered with a spin move in the paint to make it 54-52.

But Walters scored on a crossover move on the break, and after Wolfe hit another triple, Prater and Bowers went back to work.

“There was about a half a quarter there … that last half of the third, where I felt like we got a little lethargic, and the ball didn’t snap quite the way it was earlier,” Malchow said. “We didn’t attack the way we were earlier. … As much as we took a lot good from tonight, we’ve got to shore some of that up.”

Rochester hit four treys in the first quarter, settling for a 20-20 deadlock.

They went on a 13-3 run in the second quarter to take a 33-25 lead, highlighted by treys from Reinartz and Bowers and a pullup 13-footer from Reinartz.

The lead was 38-30 after Paulik hit his third 3-pointer of the half before Ryan Tremaine was fouled while shooting a 3 and made two of three free throws with 31.5 seconds left to cut the halftime deficit to six.

Reinartz and Reffett had treys as part of an 11-4 run in the third quarter as the Zebra lead reached double figures for the first time.

Rochester won the JV game 50-42.

Plymouth 67, Rochester 63

ROCHESTER (63) (8-8)

Drew Bowers 7 1-2 16, Carson Paulik 3 0-0 9, Tanner Reinartz 6 0-0 16, Owen Prater 5 4-5 14, Bryce Baugher 1 2-2 5, Dylan Hook 0 0-0 0, Robert Bozzo 0 0-0 0, Jonas Kiser 0 0-0 0, Jack Reffett 1 0-0 3

TEAM: 23 7-9 63

PLYMOUTH (67) (7-11)

Preston Wolfe 7 0-0 19, Caleb Bowling 1 2-2 4, Coby Walters 6 1-2 13, Trenton Van Duyne 2 3-6 7, Kadyn Ellery 5 5-8 15, Dan Nguyen 1 1-2 4, Trey Delp 1 0-0 3, Ryan Tremaine 0 2-3 2

TEAM: 23 14-23 67

Three-point field goals:

Rochester 10 (Reinartz 4, Paulik 3, Bowers, Baugher, Reffett),

Plymouth 7 (Wolfe 5, Nguyen, Delp)

Total fouls: Rochester 14, Plymouth 9

Turnovers: Rochester 11, Plymouth 7

Score by quarters

Rochester 20 18 12 13 63

Plymouth 20 12 19 16 67

JV: Rochester 50, Plymouth 42

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