KINGSLEY -- The Kingsley-Pierson boys earned a pair of wins against Woodbine and Boyer Valley this past weekend at home.
"We played two very nice ball clubs, both very physical," K-P boys coach Adam Rapp said.
K-P outpaces Woodbine Tigers
The Panthers dismantled an early Woodbine lead Friday to win the game 53-45 over the Tigers (0-6).
"Woodbine's record doesn't really do justice to the type of ball club they are. They're really scrappy; they played really hard," Rapp said.
Woodbine took a strong lead in the first quarter, holding a 15-5 edge over K-P.
"They were beating us in transition, and we couldn't get a rebound, and we were paying for it," Rapp said. "The next quarter, we came out and we answered back."
The Panthers put together a 16-6 second quarter to tie up the ballgame at 21-21 going into the half.
K-P struggled to bring back their momentum after the break, with the Tigers outscoring them 14-9 in the third quarter to take back the lead at 35-30 heading into the final stanza.
The Panthers weren't ready to sit down -- they scored 23 points before the final buzzer, holding Woodbine to 10 to claim the win.
"We came out of third quarter and we just kept telling them to keep playing defense and keep fighting," Rapp said. "We hadn't had a very great shooting night all the way up to the last quarter. ... We understand we have to play through those things and we have to play defense. You can always play great defense on every night."
Senior Colin Henrich led scoring for K-P with 21 points and senior Levi Mahrt was also in double figures with 10 points for the Panthers.
"Colin is a phenomenal basketball player. Whatever college he ends up playing for is going to get a real special ballplayer," Rapp said. "He does everything you'd want out of a point guard and more. The biggest impact that's phenomenal about Colin outside all the stats and his abilities is all he cares about first and foremost is winning. He could score zero points and if we still win the ballgame, that's what's important. It's pretty special when a ball player comes along that puts the team first."
Freshman Scottie Plendl led in rebounds with 11, while freshman Jacob Harvey grabbed 10 boards and Henrich added eight.
"Defense has been our main focus, and this past weekend, those two have done a phenomenal job on the boards. Rebounding-wise, we had one of our better nights Friday," Rapp said. "We've got a real good group of young ballplayers, and we're starting to come together."
Henrich also had four assists and three steals for the night, and senior Ryan Langel added three steals and two blocks.
Woodbine's leading scorer was senior Jameson Delaney with 16 points.
The Panthers' record improved to 3-3 after their win Friday, heading into their matchup with Boyer Valley at home.
Panthers slip past BV with last-second bucket
The K-P boys kept their edge for a close 57-55 win over the Boyer Valley Bulldogs (5-3) Saturday.
"It was quite exciting. It was back and forth the entire night," K-P coach Adam Rapp said. "The biggest lead was we had a nine-point lead halfway through the short quarter, but it was short lived, maybe two minutes, then they came roaring back."
It came down to the final seconds Saturday.
The Panthers were up by three with 35 seconds to go in the game.
Then Boyer Valley came down the court and hit a trey to tie it up with 22 seconds left.
"We brought the ball up the court and took a time out with 7.5 seconds left," Rapp said. "We attempt to set up the play, Colin Henrich penetrated the lane and dropped the ball in the bucket on a jumper fadeaway at the buzzer. It was pretty awesome."
Early on, the Panthers took a one-point lead coming out of the first quarter at 16-15, then stretched it to a three-point lead at halftime, leading 33-30.
"They're a very good ball club and we'd never played them before; we didn't have a lot of stats on them," Rapp said. They were athletic; they like to penetrate the lane and run the court, and they also like to press."
That was a challenge for the K-P boys Saturday -- Rapp said the Panthers struggle with the press although they practice it daily.
"In the first half they were pressing us off and on and we didn't do a very good job controlling the ball," Rapp said. "We had 16 turnovers in the first half."
Good team defense kept the Panthers in the game, Rapp said.
At halftime, the K-P boys made a few adjustments and came back ready for Boyer Valley.
In the second half, they only had five turnovers.
"They calmed down and they handled the press really, really well in the second half," Rapp said.
The Bulldogs came out of the half steamed up and outscored K-P 14-13, but the Panthers still led 46-44 going into the fourth quarter.
The boys were bucket-for-bucket before the final buzzer, with each team scoring 11 points, which was enough for the Panthers to keep the win.
K-P senior Colin Henrich led scoring with 38 points, a career high.
"He had a record night," Rapp said. "And he had 10 rebounds, which would make his sixth double-double in seven games. He was in the zone Saturday night. He was all over the court offensively. It was fun to watch."
Rapp said the other boys on K-P's young team also stepped up.
"Austin Neumann had a nice night," the coach said.
Neumann, a sophomore and freshman Scottie Plendl added six points for K-P.
Plendl pulled down 10 boards and freshman Jacob Harvey added nine rebounds plus three assists.
"To have young freshman doing a job like that on the boards is pretty unique," Rapp said. "The entire team continues to play good team defense. The team didn't give up even with some things against us with all the turnovers in the first half. The game could have easily gone south."
Henrich also had three steals and two assists for the night.
Boyer Valley's leading scorer was senior Mitchell Putnam with 21 points, while junior Chase Bonsall had 16 points Saturday.
K-P's record improves to 4-3 for the season. The Panthers next play Friday at Mapleton for an away game with Maple Valley-Anthon Oto.