Tigers’ Reinemann BEC Player of the Year

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

ERIC REINEMANN ERIC REINEMANN Senior forward Eric Reinemann of Howards Grove was voted the Big East Conference’s Player of the Year for the 2017-18 boys basketball season by the BEC coaches.

The Tigers’ other All-BEC selections are junior guard Jack Baldwin and senior forward Derek Stauss on the second team and junior guard Blake Pedrin who earned honorable mention.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters have one allleague player in senior guard/ forward Caleb Broaddus who is on the second team.

Reinemann is a unanimous pick on the All-BEC first team. He ranked fourth in the conference in scoring with a 19.3 points-per-game average in regular-season BEC play. Reinemann tied for third in rebounding with an 8.9 average.

He shot an impressive 62.3 percent from the field and averaged 1.0 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. Reinemann made four three-pointers. He was a second-team choice last year.

JACK BALDWIN JACK BALDWIN “He has earned every accolade thrown his way. I’m so proud of him and privileged to be his coach for the past two years,” said Tiger head coach Wade Georgeff.

“His ability to finish around the hoop, usually while taking defenders with him, was remarkable. He averaged around 18 points and 10 rebounds per game [overall for the season] but what’s most impressive was his way he went about things. He played the game the right way.

“His determination and will to outwork everyone is what sets him apart from most,” said Georgeff. “There are a lot of great players in this conference and for Eric to be named the best is an unbelievable.”

Baldwin finished second in assists at 4.8 per game. He averaged 8.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per contest. Baldwin sank four threeballs.

“Jack is our best defender – always drawing the toughest assignment. I can tell you for a fact, that’s why he received so many votes,” Georgeff observed.

CALEB BROADDUS CALEB BROADDUS “He is a leader and does all the little things right. His ability to lead the break, get to the hoop and finish makes him a very dangerous player.”

Stauss averaged 8.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.7 assists per game.

“Derek would be a star player on any team. He is very unselfish and bought into his role. A high- intelligence player with a good basketball IQ, who also played outstanding defense,” Georgeff pointed out.

Broaddus had a 14.2 scoring average. He finished fifth in rebounds at 8.2 per contest and eighth in blocked shots with a 1.1 average. Broaddus hit 26 three-pointers and averaged 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists per game.

“He comes to play everyday. He works his butt off. He does not give up and is one of the most underrated players and I am glad that the conference gave him recognition he deserved,” said Resorter head coach Leroy Hamilton.

DEREK STAUSS DEREK STAUSS Pedrin tied for fourth in three-pointers with 32 and shot an outstanding 50.8 percent (32 of 63) from threepoint range. He averaged 9.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.2 assists per contest.

“Blake receiving honorable mention is a good steppingstone for him. He needs to be more consistent and find more ways to score but the amount of attention he requires from opposing defenses really helped our inside game,” said Georgeff.

“His defense improved as the season went on which helped him earn some respect and votes.”

The only player to repeat on the All-BEC first team is senior guard Ben Maki of Kohler. The other unanimous first-team players are Maki, sophomore forward/center Jacob Ognacevic of Sheboygan Lutheran and sophomore guard Trey Zastrow of Manitowoc Lutheran.

Ognacevic was the league’s scoring champion with a 22.5 average, followed by Zastrow at 20.2. Zastrow was the three-point leader with 46.

Ognacevic also led in rebounds with an impressive 14.0 average. Grant Dejno of St. Mary Catholic was first in blocked shots at 2.4 per game.

Jared Jurss of Sheboygan Lutheran led in assists with an outstanding 7.5 average. Kohler’s Carter Gebler was the steal leader at 3.4 per contest.

The Tigers won the BEC regular-season title with a 13-0 record. Kohler defeated HG in the BEC Tournament Gold Division finals.

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