Tigers’ Gallenberger on All-BEC first team

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

DEVIN GALLENBERGER of Howards Grove, shown shooting over an Oshkosh Lourdes player in the regional finals this past season, was named to the All-BEC boys basketball first team. – Review file photo DEVIN GALLENBERGER of Howards Grove, shown shooting over an Oshkosh Lourdes player in the regional finals this past season, was named to the All-BEC boys basketball first team. – Review file photo Senior Devin Gallenberger of Howards Grove was named to the All-Big East Conference boys basketball first team for the inaugural 2015-16 season.

Gallenberger, a guard/forward, has three Tiger teammates who also earned All-BEC honors. Senior point guard Derrick Grimm and senior forward Jordan Miller are second-team picks and junior guard/forward Caleb Holzman made honorable mention.

Senior forward Owen Kalbacken of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah is on the honorable-mention squad.

Gallenberger is one of three unanimous first-team selections in voting by the league coaches. He ranked fifth in the BEC in scoring with an 18.1 points-pergame average and was tied for seventh in three-point goals with 33.

He averaged 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.9 steals per contest.

“In my opinion Devin was the toughest guy to guard in the conference because he can handle the ball, attack the rim, shoot the three and post you up,” said Tiger head coach Eric Worth.

“One of Devin’s best qualities was his willingness to share the ball and make the right play. Devin could have probably averaged 30 points per game this year but we wouldn’t have been as successful. He is a team-first guy and a tremendous talent.”

Grimm averaged 6.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He hit 11 threepoint shots.

“The guy [Grimm] can do it all. His greatest strength was his defense and effort,” said Worth.

“Grimm is a reflection of the old saying, “it’s not how big you are, it’s how big you play.” Anything you ask of the guy he is willing to do and he was a lot of fun to coach the past three years.”

“His numbers weren’t always eye-popping but he had some huge games for us. In the Big East Tournament championship game he had 15 points and 10 rebounds,” Worth pointed out.

The Tigers defeated Ozaukee, 58-39, in the BEC Tournament title game. The Tigers won the BEC regular-season championship with a 13-0 record.

Miller had averages of 7.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocked shots. He made one threepointer.

“Jordan was very much up and down throughout the year but he came up with some big performances in some huge games for us,” said Worth.

“Jordan was always a force inside for us on the defensive end whether it was blocking shots or making things really difficult by walling up. He would consistently make the right play.

“Jordan was a tremendous vocal leader for us and never let teammates fail,” said the Tiger coach.

Holzman finished tied for fourth in the BEC in blocked shots with a 1.2 average per game. He averaged 6.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. Holzman sank four three-point goals.

“Caleb had a lot of really nice games for us throughout the year. His biggest strength this year was his defense. We normally put him on the other team’s best offensive player and he was always up for the challenge,” Worth noted.

“Caleb was up and down, offensively, but when he attacked the rim you could really glimpses of what he is really capable of doing. The guy is long, athletic and is always striving to get better.

“Caleb had a terrific year and everyone expects some really big things from him in the future,” said Worth.

Kalbacken ranked No. 1 in rebounding with a 10.4 average per game and tied for first in offensive boards with 52. He averaged 7.6 points, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals per contest, and made three treys.

“Owen’s contributions were enormous. How do you replace a double-double every game?” said Elkhart head coach Ray Mlada.

“Owen is a great kid who I enjoyed coaching and wish nothing but success and happiness in the future.”

Mlada pointed out that Kalbacken ranked 14th in the state in rebounding with an 11.6 average per game for the overall season. The coach said Kalbacken had nine double-doubles (double figures for points and rebounds) for the overall season and averaged 12 points and 14 rebounds per game in the BEC Tournament.

Senior forward Mike Richter of Ozaukee was voted the BEC’s Player of the Year. Gallenebrger finished second in the voting. Richter was third in the league in scoring at a 20.7 clip and was second in rebounding at 7.8 per contest.

Richter and Oostburg junior forward Tristan Van Ess are the other unanimous first-team players. Van Ess was second in scoring with a 21.1 average and led in blocked shots with 2.2 per game.

Senior Tanner Krueger of Manitowoc Lutheran was the scoring champion with an impressive 24.8 average per game.

Junior Josh Weiss of Cedar Grove-Belgium and junior Josh Splittgerber of Sheboygan Lutheran tied for the lead in threepoint goals with 44 each.

Junior Kody Krueger of Hilbert was the assist leader with a 5.7 average. Krueger tied for first in steals with junior Garrett Hoffmann from Ozaukee and senior Caleb Davidson of St. Mary Catholic (Neenah) at 2.6 per game.

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