Tigers cruise past Elkhart, keep CLC lead

BOYS BASKETBALL
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


LUKE STANCZYK of Howards Grove tries to block a shot by Elkhart Lake’s Gunnr Johnson in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. – Photo by Mike McGill LUKE STANCZYK of Howards Grove tries to block a shot by Elkhart Lake’s Gunnr Johnson in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Howards Grove’s Tigers’ superior depth and relentless pressure defense were too much for the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters as the Tigers rolled to a 68-38 boys basketball win here Tuesday night.

The Tigers remained atop the Central Lakeshore Conference race as they improved to 13-1 (16-3 overall). HGHS has won 10 straight. Ozaukee holds down second place with a 12-2 mark after its 49-40 win over Oostburg Tuesday night.

The Resorters dropped to 0-13 in the CLC (2-17 overall).

HGHS has a deep bench and head coach Eric Worth subbed regularly throughout the game which wore down the Resorters who dressed only nine players. Elkhart committed 30 turnovers, many caused by the Tigers’ full-court press and half-court defense, and HGHS capitalized on many of them in its transition offense.

“The effort was there and it was nice to get all of the guys in and have them contribute in one way or another,” said Tiger head coach Eric Worth.

“One of our strengths is how deep we are. We have a number of guys who are sparks off the bench.

“We did an OK job of attacking their 2-3 zone and in the second half we did a better job of going inside,” said Worth.

“Their pressure is relentless and they are deep. They come at you in waves and with multiple pressures, and are very skilled,” said Resorter head coach Ray Mlada.

“We’re not a very deep team and the kids fatigued but we hung in there. Our kids battled and I’m proud of them.”

The Tigers started the game with players who are normally reserves and they played a key role in staking the team to an 18-8 lead after one quarter. Twelve of the Tigers’ points in the period, led by senior guard Dakota Rabe’s four, were scored by players who usually aren’t starters.

Stuart Zelle’s layup pulled Elkhart to within 7-6 but the Tigers went on an 11-2 run to close out the first period which put them up 18-8. Five Tigers scored during the stretch, led by Travis Stanczyk who tallied three on a three-point goal.

Elkhart had six turnovers during Howards’ spurt, including three off steals by Micah Rautmann.

The Tigers broke the game open in the second quarter with a 22-15 scoring advantage to mount a 40-23 halftime lead. After Trevor Taubenheim’s three-ball had brought the Resorters to within 25-17 at the 2:55 mark, the Tigers responded with 15-6 tear to finish the quarter.

Senior guard Ethan Brinkman scored six points on a pair of treys, including one at the buzzer, to spark the run.

HGHS had 11 of its 16 players in the scoring column, led by Brinkman’s 13. The Tigers nailed eight three-pointers. Brinkman, Derrick Grimm and Luke Stanczyk had a team-high two assists each. The rebounding leaders were Jonah Gerber, Trent Beninghaus and Jordan Miller with four each.

Taubenheim paced Elkhart in scoring with 13 and rebounds, six. Tyler Schultz had a team-high six assists and shared the lead in steals with Owen Kalbacken at three apiece.

“Overall, it was a good team effort. Elkhart Lake never gave up. They have improved this year,” Worth said.

“We’re improving. This is the best we’ve shot all season [44 percent from the field],” said Mlada. “We spread the floor and ran some good back-cuts against their pressure.

“We need to get tougher on the glass and take better care of the ball.”

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Tiger JV cruised to an 88-42 win to up its CLC record to 14-0 (16- 3 overall). Malik Muhammed led HGHS in scoring with 18 points and Bryce Pedrin hit 14.

Justin Schultz scored a team-high nine for Elkhart and Sam Lutzke added seven.

HOWARDS GROVE
68
ELKHART LAKE
38

Score by Quarters
Howards Grove......18 22 10 18 – 68
ElkhartLake.............815 8 7–38

Howards Grove scoring: Derrick Grimm 9, Devin Gallenberger 9, Luke Stanczyk 2, Dakota Rabe 9, Travis Stanczyk 3, Andrew Reinemann 7, Ethan Brinkman 13, Jonah Gerber 2, Trent Beninghaus 6, Jordan Miller 5, Zach Stauss 3. Three-point goals: Grimm 1, Gallenberger 1, Rabe 1, T. Stanczyk 1, Reinemann 1, Brinkman 3.

Elkhart Lake scoring: Trevor Taubenheim 13, Noah Ruh 2, Tyler Schultz 8, Jordan Bahr 4, Owen Kalbacken 4, Stuart Zelle 7. Three-point goals: Taubenheim 2.

Field goals: Howards Grove 26-58, 45%; Elkhart Lake 17-39, 44%; Free throws: Howards Grove 8-14, 57%; Elkhart Lake 2-4, 50%;

Rebounds: Howards Grove 29, Elkhart Lake 21. Turnovers: Howards Grove 11, Elkhart Lake 30.


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