Tigers stay atop BEC with comeback win


MICAH RAUTMANN of Howards Grove drives the baseline past Oostburg’s Tristan Van Ess in Thursday night’s BEC basketball game. – Photo by Greg Ceilley MICAH RAUTMANN of Howards Grove drives the baseline past Oostburg’s Tristan Van Ess in Thursday night’s BEC basketball game. – Photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to down Oostburg, 41-38, in Big East Conference boys basketball action here Thursday night.

The Tigers hiked their BEC record to 3-0 (4-1 overall). HGHS shares the league lead with Random Lake and Ozaukee.

Senior guard/forward Devin Gallenberger scored 11 of his game-high 16 points in the second half to spark the Tigers’ attack. The Tigers, who trailed 23-18 at halftime, outscored the Flying Dutchmen 23-15 in the second half. Neither team led by more than five in the first half.

Oostburg’s aggressive zone defense made it tough for the Tigers to score inside in the first half.

“It was a hard-fought game in which both teams battled back and forth. Oostburg did a good job slowing things down and forcing us into some tough situations throughout,” said Tiger head coach Eric Worth.

“The second half was where our guys really turned it up a notch. I was really happy with our energy and effort in the second half. Everyone was getting after at it and playing as a team.

“At times it seemed like nothing could go right for us but I credit our guys for battling and staying the course. We didn’t shoot the ball real well but the guys worked through it and finished in the end,” added Worth.

Gallenberger led HGHS in rebounds with 11. Caleb Holzman, Micah Rautmann and Nick Brickner added three each. Bryce Pedrin and Gallenberger had a team-high two assists each.

Junior forward Tristan Van Ess paced the Dutchmen’s offense with 15 points.

A key statistic was free-throw shooting, with HGHS outscoring Oostburg 15-8.


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