Tigers’ three-point attack sparks BEC rout

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


DEREK STAUSS of Howards Grove takes the ball to the hoop against two Cedar Grove defenders in Thursday night’s BEC basketball game versus Cedar Grove. The Tigers’ Bryce Pedrin watches. – Photo by Terry Schaller DEREK STAUSS of Howards Grove takes the ball to the hoop against two Cedar Grove defenders in Thursday night’s BEC basketball game versus Cedar Grove. The Tigers’ Bryce Pedrin watches. – Photo by Terry Schaller CEDAR GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers were on fire from three-point range which fueled their impressive 78-51 thumping of Cedar Grove-Belgium in a boys basketball game here Thursday night.

The Tigers, keyed by good ball movement and the ability to work the ball inside and kick it back out, buried a season-high 13 three-pointers.

HG’s long-range attack was led by senior guard Bryce Pedrin and junior forward Eric Reinemann with five treys each. The Tigers were 13- for-23 from three-point range for an outstanding 57 percent.

Reinemann spearheaded a balanced Tiger offense with 22 points and Pedrin hit 20. Caleb Holzman tallied 15 points and Derek Stauss hit 11.


BRYCE PEDRIN of Howards Grove drives to the basket in Thursday night’s BEC basketball game versus Cedar Grove. HG’s Derek Stauss and the Rockets’ Matt Dirkse look on. – Photo by Terry Schaller BRYCE PEDRIN of Howards Grove drives to the basket in Thursday night’s BEC basketball game versus Cedar Grove. HG’s Derek Stauss and the Rockets’ Matt Dirkse look on. – Photo by Terry Schaller HG hiked its Big East Conference record to 4-1 (6-1 overall). The Tigers are in second place in the BEC behind Hilbert which is 5-0. Cedar Grove slipped to 3-2 in the league (3-2 overall).

“I was really happy with how we played. We had a real good week of practice and it carried over. This was our best game of the year,” said Tiger head coach Wade Georgeff.

“We moved the ball around really well and passed really well. It was important for us to establish an inside game and Derek [junior forward] did a great job of that, and that forced double-teams and then we’d kick it out for open threes.

“To really be potent we have to have an inside game because we know we can shoot outside. This is a very big win,” said Georgeff.

Georgeff was very pleased with his defense which held the Rockets 24 points under their scoring average this season and the Tigers’ rebounding. HG didn’t allow very many second-shot chances for the Rockets.

The Tigers led by as many as 19 in the first half at 30-11. The Rockets used a 15-7 run to shave the Tigers’ lead to 37-26 at halftime. The rally was keyed by a six-point possession by the Rockets. Josh Weiss converted a three-point play and then a technical foul was called on the Tigers’ bench for arguing the foul on the play.

Weiss missed both technical-foul free throws but the Rockets were also awarded the ball and Reid Hilbelink sank a three-pointer which pulled Cedar Grove to within 33-23 with 1:35 left in the first half.

Leading 45-39 with 12½ minutes left in the second half, the Tigers went on a 14-0 tear which pushed their advantage to 59-39 with about nine minutes remaining. Pedrin led the run with five points, including a three-ball. Reinemann’s trey capped off the spurt.

HG finished off the game with a 19-6 run which busted the contest wide open. Pedrin and Muhammad ignited the spurt with two treys each.

Reinemann led the Tigers in rebounds with nine and Stauss pulled down eight. HG had an impressive 20 assists, led by Reinemann with six. Holzman dished out five assists, followed by Stauus with four.

Stauss, Holzman and Jack Baldwin paced HG in steals with two each.

Weiss led the Rockets’ offense with 18 points.

“It started on the defensive end and we did a great job there and that led to things on offense,” said Holzman, a senior forward.

“The team effort was spectacular, offensively and defensively.”

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Tigers’ JV 1 team improved to 5-0 in the BEC (7-0 overall) with 51-35 win.

Justin Miller keyed the Tigers’ attack with 16 points and had a teamhigh six boards. Dylan Barutha tallied 13 points.


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