Tigers’ 10-game winning streak ends

by Craig Hoffman
Tri-County News

ALEX STREGE of Howards Grove drives past Kiel’s Trent Nickel in Monday night’s basketball game. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News ALEX STREGE of Howards Grove drives past Kiel’s Trent Nickel in Monday night’s basketball game. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News KIEL – The Kiel boys basketball team has been known for its strong offense. Monday night, they turned to its defense.

Forcing turnovers on five of Howards Grove’s first six possessions, it was the Raider defense that set the tone in an impressive 66-47 nonconference win over a quality Tiger team at Kiel High School.

“Absolutely our best defense of the year,” said Kiel head coach Jamie Arenz.

“Everybody on the floor played outstanding and that goes to show you when we put a complete game together like we did tonight, this team can beat anybody. We beat a very good team tonight in Howards Grove.”

Kiel improved to 11-9 on the year and HGHS fell to 16-4. The Tigers’ 10-game winning streak was halted.

Carter Voelker led an early 9-0 Raider charge, scoring the first five of that run before Ethan Brinkman put Howards on the board with a three-point bucket more than midway through the first quarter. The Raiders then closed out the quarter on a 11-2 run and had a commanding 20-5 lead – a lead that just got bigger throughout the game.

The first quarter ended when Kiel’s Parker Brack sank a threepoint shot just over the half-court line.

Tigers head coach Eric Worth echoed Arenz’s words, saying it was the Kiel defense that set the tone.

“And on top of it, they come out red-hot,” said Worth, following a lengthy post-game talk to his team.

“We’re battling a bit of illness but that’s not an excuse. We just were not focused.

“Normally, we are team that comes flying out of the gate. Kiel was that team tonight,” added Worth.

The Raiders shot an outstanding 59 percent from the field, compared to the Tigers’ 34 percent.

After looking at the boxscore from the game, Worth saw an eyeopening stat.

“Ethan Brinkman had another great game for us but we have to be more than Ethan Brinkman,” he said when he saw that the next top scorer for his Tigers was reserve forward Jordan Miller at six points.

Brinkman led all scorers with 25 points. Miller paced HGHS in rebounds with six. Andrew Reinemann had a team-high three assists.

Meanwhile, Kiel’s bottom line was impressive: three Raider starters scoring in double figures, led by Trent Nickel’s 22-point outburst. Voelker added 13 and Nick Walsh, 12.

Raider starting forward Austin Goehring just missed double figures at eight points but he also added eight rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.

Arenz hopes this game is the springboard to the rest of the year with Plymouth coming to KHS Friday night.

“We’ve shown we can be a tough team to beat at home. We just have to figure out a way to get it done on the road more often.”


The JV game went to HGHS, 46-39, getting a team-high 15 points from Bryce Pedrin and nine from Caleb Holzman. Jonathan Meyer led Kiel with 13.

The Tigers hiked their record to 17-3 overall.

The freshman game was won by Kiel. No other details were available from the game.


Score by Quarters
Howards Grove........5 16 9 17 – 47
Kiel..........................20 17 19 10 – 66

Howards Grove scoring: Derrick Grimm 5, Zach Fritz 4, Luke Stanczyk 1, Dakota Rabe 2, Ethan Brinkman 25, Jonah Gerber 2, Trent Beninghaus 2, Jordan Miller 6. Three-point goals: Brinkman 4, Grimm 1.

Kiel scoring: Riley Feldman 2, Nick Walsh 12, Carter Voelker 13, Jack Meunier 3, Trenton Nickel 22, Parker Brack 3, Austin Goehring 8, Brandon Niemuth 3. Three-point goals: Nickel 3, Voelker 1, Meunier 1, Brack 1.

Field goals: Howards Grove 16-47, 34%; Kiel 24-41, 59%. Free throws: Howards Grove 10-15, 67%; Kiel 12- 16, 75%.

Rebounds: Howards Grove 20, Kiel 26. Turnovers: Howards Grove 15, Kiel 14.

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