Tigers’ winning streak snapped at four by Ozaukee

by Matt Kraus Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers entered Tuesday’s boys basketball matchup against Ozaukee with a four-game winning streak and victories in seven out of their last eight games.

Ozaukee left Howards with a 59-53 win and a sweep of the teams’ two meetings this season, previously winning 58-56, Jan. 10.

Howards’ record dropped to 9-6 in the Central Lakeshore Conference (13-8 overall). The Warriors improved to 7-8 in the CLC (10-11 overall).

Howards Grove’s Ethan Brinkman opened the scoring with a three-point basket on the game’s opening possession. Howards was able to open up two five-point leads at 9-4 and 13-8 in the first quarter.

A three-point goal by Hunter Radtke and two free throws by Owen Miller brought Ozaukee back to a 13-13 tie. The Tigers led 16-15 after the first quarter, with Brinkman’s nine points leading all scorers.

Howards was able increase its one-point lead at the end of the first quarter to a 32-27 halftime lead.

The third quarter turned the game from a five-point Howards halftime lead into a five-point Ozaukee advantage, 44-39, as the fourth quarter began. Howards was outscored 17-7 during the third period.

Tigers head coach Eric Worth indicated the team settled for the outside shot a little too often in the third quarter instead of working the ball inside which helped the team break down Ozaukee’s zone defense in the first half.

The fourth quarter opened with seven trips up and down the court, by both teams, ending in missed shots, offensive fouls and turnovers. Ozaukee broke the fourthquarter scoring seal with a pickand roll layup by Mike Richter on a pass from Miller.

Austin Edge responded with an offensive rebound and basket for Howards, closing the Ozaukee lead to 46-41. Ozaukee expanded its lead to 51-42 before Howards was able to convert three of four free-throw attempts and score a layup which closed Ozaukee’s lead to 51-47.

Richter’s basket expanded the lead back to six points with two minutes remaining in the game. With 1:31 remaining in the game, Howards went to the free-throw line but could not convert either of two attempts. However, an Ozaukee turnover and a basket by Edge closed the Ozaukee lead to four.

A Warrior turnover and subsequent foul sent Howards back to the line for a one-and-one opportunity. The free throw was missed and Ozaukee was able to outlet the rebound for a fast-break basket by Mitch McConnell and a foul by Howards. McConnell converted three-point play and gave Ozaukee a 56-49 lead with 49 seconds remaining.

The balance of the game resulted in Ozaukee making three out of five foul shots while Howards was able to convert one of two free throw attempts. Andrew Reinemann hit a three-point basket for the Tigers with 7.3 seconds remaining which cut Ozaukee’s lead to 59-53.

Howards called a timeout and after Edge deflected an inbound pass out of bounds with 4.1 seconds remaining. Ozaukee then inbounded the ball and was able to run out the clock.

“Overall, I was pleased with the way we competed but we need to take advantage of our opportunities when they present themselves,” said Worth.

Specifically, he mentioned the team had an opportunity to tie the game up in the fourth quarter at the foul line but the team was not able to convert the attempts. The Tigers finished the game only 6-for-15 at the free-throw line.

Owen Miller led all scorers with 23 points and dished out a team-high six assists.

Edge led Howards with 19 points and seven assists. Trent Benninghaus had a team-high six rebounds.

OZAUKEE 59

HOWARDS GROVE 53

Score by Quarters

Ozaukee.................15 12 17 15 59
Howards Grove.....16 16 7 14 53

Ozaukee scoring: Owen Miller 23, Mitch McConnell 3, Jake Wolff 8, Mike Richter 12, Hunter Radtke 9, Andy Richter 2, Tony Street 2. Three-point goals: Miller 2, Wolff 2, Radtke 3.

Howards Grove scoring: Austin Edge 19, Zach Fritz 3, Trent Beninghaus 2, Ethan Brinkman 17, Andrew Reinemann 7, Jonah Gerber 3, CJ Berg 2. Three-point goals: Edge 1, Fritz 1, Reinemann 1, Brinkman 4.

Field goals:Ozaukee 20-40, 50%; Howards Grove 20-41, 49%. Free throws: Ozaukee 12-18, 67%; Howards Grove 6-15, 40%.


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