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The Penn Kingsmen boys’ basketball team are looking to cut the nets again on Saturday

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (WNDU) — The Penn Kingsmen will have another shot at cutting the nets if they can advance to regionals on Saturday in Michigan City.

To do that, they may have to beat the undefeated, top-ranked team in Class 4A—the Chesterton Trojans.

But first they’ll have to get through the Munster Mustangs — a team entering Regionals with a 22-4 record this season. And the Mustangs have a big man who will be a big factor in Saturday’s game because he can score and distribute the ball.

“They’re built around their center,” says Al Rhodes, Penn’s head coach. “He’s 6-foot-6 and he’s a great player. (He) scores twenty points per game, but I worry about his passing more than anything else because he makes all his teammates better.

“Really, I’m just going to focus on shutting him up, not letting him get the ball, making him feel uncomfortable on the court,” Penn senior forward Cole Wojciechowski said. “For sure, it’s going to be our defense. We have the offense, but we just have to keep beating it. We have to keep playing great defence.

“Honestly, it’s just playing as a team,” says Penn’s junior guard Markus Burton. “Improve, help our teammates, help defense, talk. And just have faith in our big guys and our guard.

Penn and Munster will announce around 1 p.m.

Adams and Chesterton will be announced in the first regional semi-final at 11 a.m.

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