Tigers down Hornets in regional semifinals

by Matt Kraus
Review Correspondent


ERIC REINEMANN of Howards Grove attempts a reverse layup as Markesan’s Shane Ryan (2) and Peter Paddock defend in Friday’s regional basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller ERIC REINEMANN of Howards Grove attempts a reverse layup as Markesan’s Shane Ryan (2) and Peter Paddock defend in Friday’s regional basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – The Markesan Hornets’ boys basketball team surprised the host Howards Grove Tigers on Friday by opening the game in a 2-3 zone defense.

The Tigers’ offense appeared stunned and a little unsure how to react against the zone but Eric Reinemann was able to get free in the lane. A minute into the game the Tigers had a 2-0 lead they would never give up on the way to a 47-30 victory in Division 4 regional semifinal play.

The No. 4-seeded Tigers improved to 18-6. Markesan, a No. 5 seed, ended its season with a 15-9 record. HG routed the Hornets, 75-50, in a sectional semifinal game last year.

“We didn’t expect them to come out in zone but we were patient and we were able to find holes in the middle,” said Tiger head coach Wade Georgeff.

Leading 10-9 with 3:42 to go in the first half, the Tigers ended the first half with a 7-2 run to take a 17-11 halftime lead.

The Tigers missed two free throws to open the second half, but Caleb Holzman hit a three-pointer and scored from the lane after taking a pass from Derek Stauss, giving the Tigers a 22-11 lead three minutes into the half.

The Tigers looked to be in control of the game after opening a 15-point lead at 28- 13. Leading 30-15 lead after a Reinemann basket the Tigers’ defense fouled Jordan Jahnke as he penetrated to the hoop. Jahnke made two free throws with eight minutes to go.

“Jahnke is an athletic player, with good moves, who was able to get inside on us,” said Georgeff.

On the defensive end, the Hornets switched to a man-toman defense and immediately drew an offensive foul on the Tigers.

As the Hornets looked to cut into the Tigers’ lead, Bryce Pedrin grabbed a defensive rebound and pushed the ball up the court, finding Reinemann for a basket – pushing the lead back to 15 but the Tigers’ offense struggled against the Markesan man-to-man defense for the next five minutes.

Outscoring the Tigers 11-5 over the next six minutes on the strength of Jahnke penetrating into the lane, the Hornets were able to draw within nine points, following a threepoint play by Jahnke.

The Tigers responded with two free throws from Austin Bender and a basket by Pedrin to open a 41-28 lead.

Pedrin scored the Tigers’ final six points to give them the biggest lead of the game at 47-30.

Pedrin led the Tigers with 17 points. Reinemann scored 16 points and grabbed a teamhigh eight rebounds.

Pedrin and Austin Bender had one steal each for the Tigers.

Defensively, the Tigers allowed the Hornets’ to penetrate into the lane but gave up few second-chance points.

“In the first half, [Carson] Clark was able to get free and get some shots but we changed our defense at the half and slowed him down. He averages about 19 points per game and only scored nine tonight,” said Georgeff.


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