Tigers win OT battle, seize CLC lead

BOYS BASKETBALL
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


TRENT BENINGHAUS, Howards Grove forward, looks to score a rebound basket under pressure from Ozaukee’s Owen Miller (1), Tony Street (24) and an unidentified teammate in Friday’s CLC basketball game. Beninghaus scored and then completed a three-point play. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley TRENT BENINGHAUS, Howards Grove forward, looks to score a rebound basket under pressure from Ozaukee’s Owen Miller (1), Tony Street (24) and an unidentified teammate in Friday’s CLC basketball game. Beninghaus scored and then completed a three-point play. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers’ defense dug down deep in the second half and overtime period to lift them over Ozaukee, 59-54, here Friday night in a showdown for sole possession of first in the Central Lakeshore Conference boys basketball race.

HGHS, 7-1 in the CLC (10-3 overall), rallied from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter to force overtime. Tiger senior guard Ethan Brinkman took over the game in the extra session as he exploded for 13 points and his team outscored the Warriors 14-9.

Brinkman drained a three-pointer with 3:30 left in overtime which gave HGHS the lead for good, 48- 45, after the teams battled to a 45-45 tie through regulation. Brinkman’s three-point play off a driving layup pretty much sealed the win as it pushed the Tigers’ advantage to 57- 51 with only 32 seconds left.

The Tigers’ pressure, man-toman defense held a potent Ozaukee attack to only 24 points in the second half and overtime combined. The Warriors slipped to 6-2 in the CLC (8-3 overall).

“It was definitely our enthusiasm and energy that we brought. We stepped it up on the defensive end and we hit free throws down the stretch,” said Brinkman, talking about the keys late in the game.

The Tigers sank seven free throws in overtime, including six by Brinkman.

“This [comeback win] shows we have heart and want to be at the top of CLC. We definitely earned it with all of the hard work we’ve put in,” said Brinkman.

“We played great defense and we looked for good shots, and that helped us the most throughout the game,” said Tiger senior guard Zach Fritz.

“I’m very proud of the team. This is a big win,” said Fritz.

“The kids played their tails off at both ends. Good things happen to those who put the time in,” said Tiger head coach Eric Worth.

“This is a big win. Our guys definitely deserve it. I’m happy for them.

“They [Warriors] wanted it extremely bad and we wanted it extremely bad, and we were fortunate to come out on top,” said Worth.

“It was a great team effort. Guys were ready on the bench when I called them.”

The Warriors led 30-25 at halftime and then scored the first five points of the third period to go up 35-25 at the 5:10 mark. Jacob Wolff sank a three-pointer and Mike Richter hit a layup off his steal.

HGHS answered with a 7-0 spurt on a three-ball by Andrew Reinemann, Brinkman’s two free throws and Jonah Gerber’s layup which shaved Ozaukee’s lead to 35-32 late in the third quarter.

The Warriors responded with a 5-0 run to close out the third period, giving them a 40-32 lead. Richter drilled a three-pointer and then Wolff made 2 of 3 free throws after being fouled on a three-point shot with only 1.5 seconds left.

The Tigers opened the fourth period with 9-0 scoring flurry in the first two minutes to go up 41- 40. Keyed by good ball movement against Ozaukee’s zone defense, Fritz hit back-to-back treys and Brinkman followed with another which capped off the run.

Ozaukee went up 45-41 but HGHS answered with four straight points to tie the game, 45-45, with 50 seconds left. Trent Beninghaus made two layups off assists by Brinkman.

After Ozaukee missed a shot on its next possession, HGHS called a timeout with 26 seconds left. The Tigers worked the ball for one last shot and Brinkman missed from the right wing as time expired which sent the game into overtime.

Brinkman sparked the Tigers’ attack with 24 points and also had a team-high four assists. Beninghaus, a senior forward, was a beast on the boards with a team-high and careerbest 17 rebounds.

“Ethan stepped up. Big players step up in big moments and tonight was his night,” said Worth.

“I give my teammates credit for getting me the ball when I was open,” said Brinkman.

HGHS won the rebounding battle, 39-29, and held a 15-10 edge in offensive boards.

Richter, a junior forward, led the Warriors in scoring with 28.

OZAUKEE 54
HOWARDS GROVE 59

Score by Quarters
Ozaukee............151510 5 9–54
How. Grove…...14 11 7 13 14 – 59

Ozaukee scoring: Elijah Mabry 4, Owen Miller 10, Jacob Wolff 10, Mike Richter 28, Hunter Radtke 2. Threepoint goals: Wolff 2, Richter 2.

Howards Grove scoring: Derrick Grimm 2, Zach Fritz 12, Luke Stanczyk 3, Andrew Reinemann 3, Ethan Brinkman 24, Jonah Gerber 2, Trent Beninghaus 13. Three-point goals: Fritz 4, Reinemann 1, Brinkman 2.

Field goals: Ozaukee 20-49, 41%; Howards Grove 19-60, 32%. Free throws: Ozaukee 10-18, 56%; Howards Grove 14-18, 78%.

Rebounds: Ozaukee 29, Howards Grove 39. Turnovers: Ozaukee 5, Howards Grove 6.


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