Tigers win defensive CLC battle over Oostburg

HOWARDS GROVE – Strong rebounding and defense lifted the Howards Grove Tigers over Oostburg, 38-33, in a Central Lakeshore Conference boys basketball battle here Friday night.

The Tigers, who lost to the defending CLC champion Flying Dutchmen early in the season, upped their league mark to 6-4 (9-6 overall). Oostburg dropped to 6-4 in the CLC (8-5 overall).

Howards outscored the Dutchmen 16-8 in the third quarter to take a 29-23 lead after trailing 15-13 at halftime. In the period, the Tigers were able to get a few steals in transition and hit some free throws which helped spark their offense.

“I’m really proud of the way the guys competed from start to finish,” said Tiger head coach Eric Worth. _

“The first time we played them they really killed us on the glass, so that was definitely a focus for us on Friday night. The guys did a great job of boxing out and finishing on the defensive end.”

Howards outrebounded Oostburg 28-20, including an 11-5 edge on offense. Junior forward Trent Beninghaus led the Tigers in rebounds with 12 and Luke Stanczyk had eight.

Junior guard Ethan Brinkman led the Tigers in scoring with 13 points. Austin

Edge and Beninghaus had a teamhigh two assists each. Andrew Telschow paced Oostburg scorers with 13. “Offensively, both teams struggled a little bit but I think that had everything to do with the way both teams were bringing it defensively,” Worth said.

“It was a great team win. Everyone stepped up and contributed in one way or the other. We have to continue to focus to get better every day and progress as a unit.”

The Tigers limited the Dutchmen to only 37-percent shooting from the field.

“The game certainly was not pretty from an offensive standpoint but both teams did some good things on the defensive end,” said Dutchman head coach Kevin _____________ Bruggink.

“I felt that Howards Grove was more physical and aggressive than we were and that was a definite factor in the outcome.

“We were able to get a few more post touches in the second half but had trouble finishing, and turnovers as a result of Howards defense were also a factor. Eric had his team well prepared,” added Bruggink.

The Dutchmen committed 18 turnovers to Howards’ 14.



Score by Quarters

Oostburg.....................96 81033
Howards Grove..........9 4 16 9 38

Oostburg scoring: Lukas Meerdink 7, Parker Gabrielse 3, Andrew Telschow 13, Justin Molter 3, Kyle Swart 2, Jacob Hurlbutt 5. Three-point goals: Meerdink 1, Telschow 1.

Howards Grove scoring: Austin Edge 9, Luke Stanczyk 4, Alex Strege 3, Trent Beninghaus 6, Andrew Reinemann 3, Ethan Brinkman 13. Threepoint goals: Edge 1, Strege 1.

Field goals: Oostburg 13-35, 37%; Howards Grove 14-30, 47%. Free throws: Oostburg 5-9, 56%; Howards Grove 8-19, 42%.

Rebounds: Oostburg 20, Howards Grove 28. Turnovers: Oostburg 18, Howards Grove 14.

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