Kelley, defense spark Eagles past Tigers

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


AUSTIN EDGE of Howards Grove tries to maintain possession under pressure from Sheboygan Christian’s Kyle Stecker (20) and Brady Otte in Thursday night’s CLC basketball game. The Eagles’ Eddie Windsor also defends. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley AUSTIN EDGE of Howards Grove tries to maintain possession under pressure from Sheboygan Christian’s Kyle Stecker (20) and Brady Otte in Thursday night’s CLC basketball game. The Eagles’ Eddie Windsor also defends. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley SHEBOYGAN – An aggressive defense and junior guard Caleb Kelley’s 21 points catapulted the Sheboygan Christian Eagles over the Howards Grove Tigers, 61-47, in boys basketball action here Thursday night.

The Eagles raised their Central Lakeshore Conference record to 4-2 (5-5 overall). The Tigers dropped to 3-4 in the CLC (6-6 overall).

Christian took control of the game with a 9-0 run in the second quarter to go up 27-16 with 2:20 left in the second quarter. Kelley led the charge with six points on a short jumper, a layup off his steal and two free throws after being fouled on a follow-up shot.

Jonah Gerber’s three-pointer pulled Howards to within 27-21 with 45 seconds remaining until halftime. The Eagles took a 32-23 halftime lead when James Rasmussen banked in a three-point shot from near midcourt at the buzzer.

Kelley keyed the Eagles’ attack in the first half with 12 points. Christian was in command of the game the rest of the way.

The Tigers were hurt by turnovers and Christian’s fast-break baskets and driving layups. Several of Howards’ turnovers were unforced and some led to Eagle points.

Junior guard Ethan Brinkman led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points. Jonah Gerber and Trent Beninghaus had a team-high seven rebounds each.

Howards shot only 27 percent (14 of 52) from the field overall and just 4 of 24 from the threepoint line.

“Overall, it was a pretty disappointing night. Christian came out strong and we fought to get back in it but weren’t able to get over the hump,” said Tiger head coach Eric Worth.

“The kids played hard but we shot poorly as a team. We missed a lot of bunnies and any time you miss one of those they were able to run to run it down the court and turn it into points.

“You have to give Christian credit though because they played good team defense and forced us into taking some tough shots,” Worth added.

HOWARDS GROVE 47

SHEB. CHRISTIAN 61

Score by Quarters

Howards Grove........9 14 12 12 47
Sheb. Christian.......16 16 13 16 61

Howards Grove scoring: Austin Edge 11, Alex Strege 3, Luke Stanczyk 5, Trent Beninghaus 2, Andrew Reinemann 5, Ethan Brinkman 16, Jonah Gerber 5. Three-point goals: Reinemann 1, Brinkman 2, Gerber 1.

Sheboygan Christian scoring: Josh Stecker 10, James Rasmussen 5, Kyle Stecker 5, Caleb Kelley 21, Graham VerVelde 7, Eddie Windsor 11, Ben Andringa 2. Three-point goals: Rasmussen 1, Kelley 1.

Field goals: Howards Grove 14-52, 27%. Free throws: Howards Grove 15- 26, 58%; Sheboygan Christian 11-20, 55%.


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