Tigers’ Pedrin voted to All-BEC first team

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

BRYCE PEDRIN of Howards Grove, shown driving to the hoop against Milwaukee Destiny in a Division 4 sectional final this past season, was named to the All- BEC boys basketball first team. – Review file photo BRYCE PEDRIN of Howards Grove, shown driving to the hoop against Milwaukee Destiny in a Division 4 sectional final this past season, was named to the All- BEC boys basketball first team. – Review file photo Senior guard Bryce Pedrin of Howards Grove was voted to the All-Big East Conference boys basketball first team for the 2016- 17 season by the league coaches.

The Tigers’ other All-BEC picks are senior forward Caleb Holzman and junior forward Eric Reinemann, both on the second team. Holzman was an honorable mention player last year.

Pedrin finished sixth in the BEC in scoring with a 17.8 points-per-game average and tied for third in three-point goals with 38 in regular-season league play. He shot an excellent 42.2 percent (38 of 90) from three-point range.

Pedrin averaged 3.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He shot an impressive 81.4 percent (35 of 43) from the freethrow line.

“Bryce was our leading scorer and took his game to a whole new level by taking the ball to the hoop. Just like the other guys [Holzman and Reinemann], I couldn’t be more proud of where he finished this year,” said Tiger head coach Wade Georgeff.

“Taking on a starting role and being the guy other teams focused on was a difference from a year ago but he [Pedrin] excelled in that. He had a knack for hitting clutch shots.”

Holzman averaged 13.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per contest. He ranked 10th in the BEC in assists and tied for seventh in blocks.

Holzman hit an outstanding 44.4 percent (16 of 36) from beyond the three-point arc.

“Caleb was arguably the best defender in the conference. He limited a lot of really good offensive players well below their average,” said Georgeff.

“He also broke through offensively – doubling his points per game from a year ago. He was definitely playing his best ball at the end of the year.”

Reinemann finished third in rebounding with an 8.7 average and tied for second in offensive boards with 35. He averaged 11.3 points, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Reinemann shot 37.5 percent (9 of 24) from three-point range.

“Eric is a very strong, athletic forward who is capable of playing on the outside or in the post. He is an outstanding rebounder and can attack zones from the elbows and short corners,” said the coach.

“He took a lot of pressure off Bryce and Caleb, offensively. Eric is a hard-working, coachable kid who is poised for a breakout season next year.”

Senior forward Tristan Van Ess of Oostburg was voted the BEC’s Player of the Year. Van Ess, a unanimous first-team choice, ranked third in the league in scoring with a 21.7 average and was fifth in rebounding at 7.2 per game.

The following players were named to the first team for the second straight year: Van Ess, senior forward Josh Weiss and senior guard Reid Hilbelink of Cedar Grove-Belgium, senior guard Kody Krueger and senior forward Jack Halbach of Hilbert and senior guard Brayden VanEss of Sheboygan Christian.

The other unanimous firstteam selections are Weiss and Ozaukee senior guard Garrett Hoffmann. Hoffmann was the BEC scoring champion with a 23.0 average per contest, followed by Weiss at 22.6. Weiss led in three-point goals with 49.

Hoffmann also paced the league in assists at 6.2 per contest. Krueger and Christian senior Jacob Stecker tied for first in steals with 2.8 averages.

Junior Sean Farrell of Kohler was the overall rebound leader with a 9.1 average. Junior Scott Paulus of Random Lake led in offensive boards with 44.

Hilbert won the BEC regularseason title with a 12-1 record and the conference tournament.

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