Plumb, Bay Port take over sole possession of first in FRCC
SUAMICO (WLUK) -- The end of the regular season is fast approaching, which means for teams in conference title races every game is crucial.
Tuesday night, Bay Port met Green Bay Southwest in a battle of contenders in the Fox River Classic Conference and the Pirates issued a statement -- they're going nowhere.
Bay Port controlled the Trojans throughout and posted a 66-57 win as Jack Plumb led the way scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds.
With the win Bay Port (14-3, 12-2) finds itself in first place all alone in the FRCC as fellow co-leader Pulaski lost at Notre Dame.
"It's huge for us, we have to win out the rest of the way, because then we can win conference," Plumb said.
"All of them (wins) are great this point, especially when you have just two losses," Bay Port coach Nate Rykal said. "You have to give Southwest a lot of credit for hanging in there. I thought we could've been a lot better hanging onto the basketball. We had 14 turnovers, which is way more than we usually have."
Plumb was 8-for-10 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. His 6-8 size was just too much for Southwest to deal with.
"I was by far the biggest guy out there so I just used my size to my advantage," Plumb said. "I was able to do pretty good down there."
"Jack was huge and the guys throwing the ball were really important, too," Rykal said. "He did a great job being patient and not being frustrated."
Bay Port, ranked No. 6 in the FOX 11 Top 11, shot 20-for-42 from the field, 7-for-16 from three-point range. Furthermore, it was 19-for-21 from the free-throw line.
"We shot the ball really well," Plumb said. "We had the lead the whole way. "
Bay Port's shooting allowed it to overcome its 14 turnovers, which Rykal wasn't thrilled about.
"We did persevere," Rykal said. "We overcame things, we made free throws down the stretch. "
Bay Port is in control of the FRCC, but the Pirates know the season isn't over yet.
"I feel really good about them," Rykal said. "We had a couple close losses when we didn't play as hard as we could. I think we're going to be better because of that in the long run."
"We feel really comfortable where we are," Plumb said. "This is right where we should be and we're looking to take a trip down to the Kohl Center."
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