Tigers maul BEC rival in sectional semis

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


BRYCE PEDRIN of Howards Grove attacks the rim against Ozaukee’s Garrett Hoffmann in the D-4 sectional semifinals March 8. Ozaukee’s Joe Lippe watches. – Photo by Terry Schaller BRYCE PEDRIN of Howards Grove attacks the rim against Ozaukee’s Garrett Hoffmann in the D-4 sectional semifinals March 8. Ozaukee’s Joe Lippe watches. – Photo by Terry Schaller SHEBOYGAN – The Howards Grove Tigers dominated in all phases in the first half which paved the way for a 65-40 dismantling of Ozaukee in a Division 4 boys sectional basketball semifinal game March 8 at Sheboygan North.

HG, a No. 4 sectional seed, improved to 20-6 and avenged a 54-52 loss to Ozaukee during the Big East Conference regular season. The No. 3-seeded Warriors finished 16-9.

The Tigers carved up the Warriors defense, controlled the boards and played tenacious defense as they rolled to 44-12 halftime lead. HG busted out to an 11-0 lead in the first 5:10 – hitting five of its first seven shots.

The Tigers were in attack mode from the start. Jack Baldwin scored the first basket on a drive, followed by Caleb Holzman’s three-point play off a bucket inside. Bryce Pedrin then nailed a perimeter shot and a short jumper, followed by Eric Reinemann’s driving layup which capped off the spurt.


CALEB HOLZMAN of Howards Grove attempts to score as Ozaukee’s Garrett Hoffmann (left) and Jared Henderson defend in the D-4 sectional semifinals March 8. – Photo by Terry Schaller CALEB HOLZMAN of Howards Grove attempts to score as Ozaukee’s Garrett Hoffmann (left) and Jared Henderson defend in the D-4 sectional semifinals March 8. – Photo by Terry Schaller The Warriors suffered five turnovers and missed their first five shots before Jarred Zausch finally put team on the board with a layup at the 11:44 mark in the opening half which made it 11-2.

The Tigers blew the game open with a 13-0 run which gave them a 29-9 lead with 6:35 left until halftime. Holzman keyed the surge with seven points, including a three-point play off a slashing cut to the hoop.

He drained a three-pointer at the buzzer which put the Tigers up 44-12 at halftime. Holzman and Reinemann sparked the Tigers’ offense in the first half with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

“It was a team effort. We came out hot which was really nice,” said Pedrin, a senior guard.

“We found the lanes to the hoop and we took them. They gave us opportunities. Everybody stepped up. It was a good team win.”

Holzman, a senior forward, finished the night with a career high 25 points. Reinemann, a junior forward, was the second leading scorer in the game with 20 and also led all rebounders with 14.

Holzman paced the Tigers in blocked shots with three. Bryce Pedrin had a team-high four assists.

Austin Bender led in steals with two.

The Tigers, fueled by excellent passing and ball movement, shot an outstanding 58 percent (15 of 26) from the field in the first half. The Tigers scored a majority of their field goals in the half by attacking the hoop.

Ozaukee hit only 23 percent (5 of 22) from the floor in the first half and was guilty of nine turnovers. The Tigers committed only one turnover in the opening half.

HG dominated the boards – holding a 34-22 rebounding edge – and contested most of Ozaukee’s shots. The Tigers were an outstanding 18 of 21 (86 percent) from the foul line and the Warriors were just 3 of 6.

The Tigers, led by Holzman, held senior guard Garrett Hoffmann, the Warriors’ top scorer this season, to 14 points which led his team. Hoffmann was averaging 19.8 per game coming in.

“We knew we had to stop Hoffmann. We had a full team effort on defense,” said Pedrin.

“We shared it [ball] really well. We boxed out and got the good boards, kicked it out and got going. We executed pretty perfectly [on offense],” said Reinemann whose team scored scored several points in transition.

“This was definitely one of our best performances. We kind of got embarrassed the first time against them and we knew we had to come back and show them who were actually were.

“It was a great team win. We knew we had to get to the hoop and find the open man on the outside,” said Reinemann.

“I’m very proud of how we’re playing in all of the playoffs. To see the effort the guys put out on defense was really nice,” said Tiger head coach Wade Georgeff.

“The last five or six games we’ve been sharing the ball very well. Our teamwork was very impressive.

“We’re a team. The guys on the bench were really into it – cheering and jumping around. When we break the huddle we say, ‘family.’”

Zausch led Ozaukee in rebounding with nine.


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