Bucks County Herald

Plumstead breaks skid

DAVID CAMPBELL

Plumstead Christian had lost five straight entering Tuesday’s very winnable contest against Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) winless Calvary Baptist.

The Warriors stayed with the host Panthers early – it was tied at 14 about halfway through the second quarter – but Plumstead got hot, (Connor) White hot. The senior drained a pair of three-pointers to put the Panthers up 20-16 and Plumstead eventually ran away with the losing-streak-busting 53-38 victory.

“That allowed us to break away by [four] points,” head coach John Elton said, “and from that point forward, we were able to make progress. Those were the key buckets. Those two baskets got everything flowing.”

“Today,” said White, who finished with 11 points, “was a good night for me, but other guys have stepped up, as well, in the past.”

“I know my shot was really off today,” senior Kyle Elton admitted, “and we weren’t generating much offense, but we were getting open shots – and [White] was huge for us, [helping to] break the game open a little bit.”

The Panthers’ recent struggles aren’t without cause. Leading scorer Carson Curry, a junior, has missed the last two weeks with an ankle injury and senior Luke Brautigam, called the team’s “defensive ace” by John Elton, remains out with the flu.

“We miss [Curry’s] scoring,” Elton said. “We’ll have him back just in time for the BAL playoffs, which start on Monday.”

Kyle Elton and White helped pick up the offensive slack on Tuesday night. Elton deposited 15 points. Junior Drew Grow had 10 points, including two second-half threes, and eight rebounds, while classmate Daniel Loving, the sibling of former Central Bucks East and current University of Pennsylvania soccer star Emma Loving, went for six points and a team-leading 10 boards. Senior Connor Seelig netted six points and added five rebounds.

“He means a lot to us,” Elton said of Curry, “but we’ve really been growing together throughout this process when he’s been out. We can’t overlook anyone.”

Plumstead will travel to Jenkintown, the team that kept the Panthers from advancing to states a year ago, this Friday. Plumstead is third in the most recent District One Class A power rankings; the top 3 teams will move on to states.

“With a full squad,” White said, “we’ll be a dangerous team with the amount of guys and threats that we have.”

“Last year, we were good,” John Elton said. “This year, I think we’re a better team, for sure.”
The Panthers improved to 13-8 overall with Tuesday’s triumph.

“We have to maintain focus, practice hard over the next [few] weeks and hopefully it’ll go our way,” White said.

“If we play our game, I know that we can be that third team [from District One],” Elton concluded.

“That’s what we’re hoping for. Our school has never made it to states [in boys’ basketball]. This is our golden opportunity.”

dcampbell@buckscountyherald.com

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