Tigers strengthen hold on Big East lead

by Matt Kraus Review Co respondent

CALEB HOLZMAN of Howards Grove shoots over Ozaukee’s Michael Richter in Thursday night’s BEC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CALEB HOLZMAN of Howards Grove shoots over Ozaukee’s Michael Richter in Thursday night’s BEC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – The battle for the Big East Conference boys basketball conference lead reunited former Central Lakeshore Conference rivals Thursday night as the Ozaukee Warriors came to town to battle the Tigers.

With the memory of three dramatic finishes last season, both teams were patient in their offensive sets. Ozaukee worked the ball around the perimeter, looking to get the ball inside, while HGHS used dribble penetration to get shots in the lane, or get a kick-out for an open jumper.

In the end, the Tigers prevailed, 57-38, and, at 7-0 in con- ference (9-2 overall), took a twogame lead, in the loss column over second-place Ozaukee (6-2 in BEC, 7-3 overall) and thirdplace Sheboygan Christian (4-2, 6-2). HGHS and Ozaukee shared the CLC title last season and the Tigers defeated Ozaukee in a Division 4 regional final.

“We are 7-0 in conference but I am more happy about the way the team has grown this year. We have eight seniors but they were limited in playing time coming into the season,” said Tiger head coach Worth.

“We knew they would slow the pace down, so we pressed to force them to think before they could get set.

“Offensively, I would have liked to attack more but sometimes we get so fired up on defense we don’t do what we need to. In the second half we simplified our offense and only went with a few sets we were comfortable with,” said Worth.

The Warriors cut the 23-16 deficit halftime deficit to five points 2½ minutes into the second half but would get no closer. The Tigers opened an 11-point lead after a three-point play by sophomore guard Eric Reinemann with 10:40 remaining in the game.

The Warriors were able to close the lead to seven points with nine minutes remaining following a three-pointer by Garrett Hoffmann and a lay-in on a backdoor cut by Mitch Meeuwsen.

Zac Stauss banked in a threepointer for a 10-point Tiger lead but Michael Richter responded with three free throws over the next two possessions to draw the Warriors within seven.

The Tigers’ Jordan Miller scored inside and converted a free throw with 6:47 remaining for a 10-point lead. With 4:20 remaining, Miller later converted from the lane and Reinemann converted on a three-point play to open a 16-point lead.

Richter, Ozaukee’s leading scorer and rebounder with 14 points and eight rebounds, converted a four-point play after he was fouled while making a threepointer.

Derrick Grimm followed with two free throws and Miller scored inside following two missed free throws by Ozaukee, to open a 16-point lead for the Tigers with 2:25 remaining.

“We knew we needed to take away Richter [senior forward] and help on defense when he got the ball. He got some open shots early and late. I think he got tired in the middle of the game because he is asked to do so much,” said Worth.

HGHS outscored Ozaukee 6-1 to close the game and secure the victory.

Leading the way for the Tigers’ offense was Miller with 13 points. Bryce Pedrin led in rebounds with six. Gallenberger and Caleb Holzman had a teamhigh three steals each. Reinemann led in assists with three.

“Devin Gallenberger did not have a field goal tonight. He had eight points, all from the freethrow line but he was important to us. He is able to get the ball inside and is not selfi sh.”

“Eric Reinemann is a sophomore who we brought up early in the season [from rhe junior varsity]. He hit a three for us that was important,” said Worth.

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