JARED KUEHL battles through the Kennett defense in action Friday night in Plymouth. RC Greenwood. (click for larger version)
January 20, 2014PLYMOUTH — Plymouth boys' hoop coach Mike Sullivan joked with his Kennett counterpart Steve Coté after the two teams did battle on Friday, Jan. 17, in a battle of Division II unbeaten squads.
"We joked that our two teams know how to make basketball ugly," Sullivan said. "But it's because we both play such good defense."
Indeed, it was defense that was on display when the Eagles and Bobcats teamed up in Plymouth, though the Bobcats emerged with their undefeated record in check with a 47-42 win over Kennett.
"Every game has been a grind for sure," Sullivan said. "But we've been fortunate so far to be on the winning side of games."
He noted that in those type of games last year, the Bobcats tended to come out on the wrong side of the scoreboard.
"They know how to win games," Sullivan said of his boys. "And the way we defend and rebound, if we make that consistent effort every time we play, we're going to be in every game."
He noted that the offense is continuing to come around and the kids are starting to develop more confidence.
Jared Kuehl didn't have much of a problem on the offensive side of things against the Eagles, as he scored 18 points on the night.
"He was a monster," Sullivan said.
Collin Sullivan added 12 and Gavin Brickley put in nine. The Eagles focused much of their effort on Kyle Reisert and while he didn't rack up the points, the Bobcat coach was pleased with how he played.
"He kept trying and trying and trying," Sullivan said. "To his credit, he kept playing and defensively he was great."
The Bobcats opened the week with a trop to Laconia on Tuesday, Jan. 14, when they picked up a 65-41 win over the Sachems, the team's second highest-offensive output of the season.
"Our offense really started to click," Sullivan said. "I think we got in our rhythm a little."
However, early on, the Sachems got out to a 9-2 lead. The Bobcats didn't panic and kept on playing, eventually pulling ahead and at one point stretching the lead to 30 points.
Reisert had a strong game offensively with 18 points, while Kuehl and Sullivan both put in 11 for the Bobcats.
The two wins set up a big week for the Bobcats, a week when they were on the road twice for two big games, at Hanover after deadline and at Windham.
"It's not getting any easier, but we're going to learn a lot about our team this week and see where we stand," the Bobcat coach said. "You have to go on the road and win games if you want to be successful later on down the road."
The Bobcats will be in Windham on Friday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m., the lone game on the schedule this week.
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