Tigers win undisputed Big East championship

HILBERT – The Howards Grove Tigers wrapped up the outright Big East Conference boys basketball championship with an 85-70 win over Hilbert here Monday night.

It’s the second straight conference title for the Tigers who were the co-champions in the now-defunct Central Lakeshore Conference with Ozaukee last season. HGHS upped its BEC record to 11-0 (13-3 overall) and made it eight straight wins.

“It’s [BEC crown is] a nice accomplishment for our guys. I’m proud of the way they have conducted themselves and continue to focus on the task at hand,” said Tiger head coach Eric Worth.

Senior guard/forward Devin Gallenberger and junior guard Bryce Pedrin combined for 50 points to ignite the Tigers’ onslaught. Gallenberger pumped in 26 points and Pedrin came off the bench and poured in a careerhigh 24. Both players drilled four three-pointers each.

Pedrin erupted for 14 points in the second half to lead the Tigers who outscored Hilbert 48- 42. Gallenberger exploded for 13 points in the final half.

The Tigers took an early lead in the first half and never looked back. HGHS built a 37-28 halftime advantage, spearheaded by Gallenberger’s 13 points and Pedrin’s 10. Gallenberger drained three three-balls and Pedrin sank two in the opening half.

HGHS outscored the Wolves 14-3 at the free-throw line. The Tigers, who have struggled at the foul line most of the season, missed only three free-throw attempts Monday night.

Gallenberger and Derrick Grimm led HGHS in assists with three each. Eric Reinemann had a team-high seven rebounds and Brickner, six.

The teams combined for a whopping 20 three-point goals, including 11 by Hilbert. Kody Krueger led the Wolves’ offense with 19 points.

“I thought our guys were really focused from the jump and they did a great job of defending and finishing plays,” said Tiger head coach Eric Worth.

“Offensively, Bryce Pedrin was huge for the Tigers coming off the bench. Devin Gallenberger complimented Pedrin well with 26 of his own points.

“I think our defense was ultimately the deciding factor. They hit some threes late but I thought we did a pretty good job of defending and making them earn everything they got,” said Worth.

“Overall, it was another nice step in the right direction for the growing Tigers”

The Wolves slipped to 7-5 in the league (9-6 overall).

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