Tigers’ defense ignites CLC win

KOHLER – Howards Grove allowed only 14 second-half points to key a 57-43 boys basketball win over host Kohler Tuesday night.

The Tigers outscored the Blue Bombers 22-14 in the second half to pull away after leading 35-29 at halftime. Howards upped its Central Lakeshore Conference record to 5-4 (8-6 overall). Kohler fell to 1-7 in the CLC (3-7 overall).

Howards’ offense was led by Austin Edge, Ethan Brinkman and Andrew Reinemann with 13 points each. Trent Beninghaus grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, including five offensive. Edge led in assists with five.

“Overall, I thought we played a pretty good game. Kohler came out hot in the first quarter but I think we did a good job matching that,” said Tiger head coach Eric Worth.

“They came out playing a 2-3 zone trying to slow us down but I felt our guys did a great job moving the ball around and getting good shots.

“We started the second half with a couple of really nice pos- sessions in which we got highpercentage shots. We were able to buckle down defensively and get some key stops when we needed them down the stretch,” Worth said.

HOWARDS GROVE 57

KOHLER 43

Score by Quarters

Howards Grove........20 15 14 8 57
Kohler........................1811 8643

Howards Grove scoring: Austin Edge 13, Zach Fritz 7, Alex Strege 2, Trent Beninghaus 9, Andrew Reinemann 13, Ethan Brinkman 13, Jonah Gerber 1. Three-point goals: Reinemann 2, Edge 1, Fritz 1, Brinkman 1.

Kohler scoring: Phil Case 7, Noah Fink 4, Joe Pellowski 1, Brett Mueller 8, Calvin Stefanczyk 8, Jordan Toeller 2, Eric Bauer 2, Brennan Ladwig 9, Cody Gartman 2. Three-point goals: Case 1, Mueller 1, Stefanczyk 1.

Field goals: Howards Grove 21-40, 53%. Free throws: Howards Grove 10- 17, 59%; Kohler 8-13, 62%. Turnovers: Howards Grove 13.


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