Reinemann powers Tigers to BEC Tourney finals

Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


ERIC REINEMANN of Howards Grove hits a dunk as Oostburg’s Tadeo Maier (middle) and an unidentified teammate watch in Tuesday’s BEC Basketball Tourney game. – Photo by Terry Schaller ERIC REINEMANN of Howards Grove hits a dunk as Oostburg’s Tadeo Maier (middle) and an unidentified teammate watch in Tuesday’s BEC Basketball Tourney game. – Photo by Terry Schaller OOSTBURG – Eric Reinemann was unstoppable on the attack for Howards Grove as he exby ploded for a career-high 32 points to spark the Tigers to a 78-63 win over host Oostburg in a Gold Division semifinal game of the Big East Conference Boys Basketball Tournament Tuesday night.

Reinemann, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, used a strong inside game to score most of his points and benefited from several good passes from teammates. He finished the night an incredible 15- for-16 from the field.

The Tigers, ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press Division 4 poll, upped their record to 20-1. HG will host Kohler in the Gold Division finals Saturday at approximately 7:15 p.m., following the junior varsity-1 game. Oostburg slipped to 10-10.


BLAKE PEDRIN of Howards Grove is fouled on a shot attempt by an unidentifi ed Oostburg defender in Tuesday’s BEC Basketball Tourney game. Oostburg’s Braden Dirkse (10) looks on. – Photo by Terry Schaller BLAKE PEDRIN of Howards Grove is fouled on a shot attempt by an unidentifi ed Oostburg defender in Tuesday’s BEC Basketball Tourney game. Oostburg’s Braden Dirkse (10) looks on. – Photo by Terry Schaller HG, which led 37-31 at halftime, used a 13-5 run in the first 5:00 of the second half to build a 50-36 lead. The Tigers led by at least 11 the rest of the contest.

Reinemann scored seven points, including two baskets in which he muscled his way to the hoop, to key the spurt. The rest of the points during the run came from Blake Pedrin’s three-point goal and a three-point play by Derek Stauss.

Reinemann later scored two slam dunks off his steals.

The Tigers’ defense had 13 steals, many of which were converted into baskets. Reinemann had a team-high five steals, followed by Stauss and Jack Baldwin with three each.

Baldwin and Pedrin contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively.

“Our offense really stepped up and the defense did what we normally do,” said Reinemann.

“We took what the defense gave us and took advantage of it. I couldn’t have done it [scored 32 points] without them [teammates]. They were finding me when I was open.”

The Tigers’ aggressiveness in going to the hoop paid off as they scored many points inside. HG, which scored a season-high total, shot a scorching 62 percent overall from the field and hit an amazing 75 percent (18 of 24) in the second half.

“We knew we had to get the ball inside more [in the second half. We were settling [for outside shots] too much in the first half,” said Reinemann.

“I was happy with how we played,” said Tiger head coach Wade Georgeff.

“In the second half we did a much better job of getting back, defensively, because when they had to run offense, we did a good job. It was just a matter of getting back and making them work.

“I liked that we were getting to the hoop.

“Eric and Isaac [Dirker] played great. Jack played phenomenal. Jack’s ability to get to the hoop was great. Blake knocked down a couple of threes when we needed them,” said Georgeff.

“Dalton Free and Will Rautmann came in and played good defense. Everyone played good.”

Baldwin and Dirker paced HG in assists with three each. Stauss had a team-best six rebounds.

Senior guard Tadeo Maier poured in 28 points to ignite the Flying Dutchmen’s offense.

“We pulled away in the second half because we could adapt to what they were doing. We were flying around [on defense] and getting the 50/50 balls,” said Dirker.

“The start Isaac Dirker gave us was huge for us. He has been playing very well as of late,” said Georgeff.

Dirker scored six of HG’s first 10 points.

“Jack Baldwin [point guard] is such a leader on the floor. He controls everything we do on both ends of the floor,” said the Tiger coach.

“It was a great atmosphere and a good high school game. We just didn’t have quite enough,” said Oostburg head coach Kevin Bruggink.

“Howards Grove is really solid, defensively, and plays with a lot of energy. I’m proud of the effort we gave.

“We were okay, offensively, but the 17 turnovers are way too many and that’s a credit to their defense but we have to be a little better fundamentally there. Our half-court defense was good but we didn’t keep them off the boards,” said Bruggink.

HG had eight offensive rebounds to the Dutchmen’s four. Logan Brock led Oostburg in rebounds with nine.


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