Wolves rally past Tigers in BEC Tourney semis


CALEB HOLZMAN of Howards Grove attempts a shot over Hilbert’s Tristan Konen (5) in Thursday’s BEC Basketball Tourney semifinals. Hilbert’s Kyle Krueger (32) and an unidentified teammate and the Tigers’ Eric Reinemann look on. – Photo by Terry Schaller CALEB HOLZMAN of Howards Grove attempts a shot over Hilbert’s Tristan Konen (5) in Thursday’s BEC Basketball Tourney semifinals. Hilbert’s Kyle Krueger (32) and an unidentified teammate and the Tigers’ Eric Reinemann look on. – Photo by Terry Schaller HILBERT – The Hilbert Wolves outscored Howards Grove 44-31 in the second half to notch a 63- 58 comeback win in the Big East Conference Boys Basketball Tournament semifinals here Thursday night.

The No. 1-seeded Wolves, who won the BEC regular-season title, upped their record to 19-1. Hilbert was ranked No. 4 in last week’s Associated Press Division 5 poll. The No. 4-seeded Tigers, who led 27-19 at halftime, slipped to 15-6.

“To me it was really a tale of two halves. The first half was one of our better halves of the season,” said Tiger head coach Wade Georgeff.

“The second half didn’t paint a good picture for our defense though. We gave up lot of things we don’t normally do. It was a little disappointing to say the least.”


DEREK STAUSS of Howards Grove tries to score over an unidentified Hilbert defender in Thursday’s BEC Basketball Tourney semifinals. – Photo by Terry Schaller DEREK STAUSS of Howards Grove tries to score over an unidentified Hilbert defender in Thursday’s BEC Basketball Tourney semifinals. – Photo by Terry Schaller Bryce Pedrin led HG in scoring with 21 points and Caleb Holzman added 16.

Jack Halbach led a balanced Wolves’ offense with 17 points. Hilbert had four players who scored in double figures.

“We played Hilbert twice and lost both games by a combined 11 points. We didn’t shoot our best in either of those games. If we throw a couple more in we may be talking about a whole different story here,” said Georgeff.

“We had a lot of nice, open looks against Hilbert from beyond the [three-point] arc and right around the hoop. We need to convert more of those in order to make a long run in the playoffs. The opportunity is there for us.”

Pedrin paced the Tigers in assists with six. Holzman had a team-high two steals and three blocked shots. Eric Reinemann led in rebounds with nine.


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