Baldwin, Pedrin run the show for Howards Grove

by Dave Boehler Review Sports Editor

It was the Jack and Blake Show on Monday.

The two combined for 48 points to lead the Howards Grove boys basketball team to a 64-42 win at Green Bay West.

“He’s a great teammate to play with, especially since we have been playing together since middle school,” Pedrin said. “Being that we were both hitting shots from the outside and driving, it makes us tough to beat.”

Baldwin finished with 26 points and was 5 for 5 from 3-point range.

“It felt great to see the shots falling,” Baldwin said. “After the first couple went in, I just kind of got in the zone. My teammates did a good job helping me get open looks, which helped.”

Pedrin also hit five 3-pointers and added 22 points.

“Jack and Blake’s ability to knock down shots early really opened up some nice lanes to get to the rim,” said Tigers’ coach Wade Georgeff after his team improved to 4-0.

Pedrin agreed.

“Being that he is primarily a guard who is better at driving to the hoop, it clears up more open looks for me from the outside,” he said. “Once Green Bay West starting keying on me early with three quick 3-pointers, then he had open lanes to drive. And when I started driving to the hoop, he started to knock down shots as well which makes us even better. We work very well together and get everyone involved as well.”

Howards Grove also showed off its defense, as West (3-2) was held to its lowest point total of the season. Its previous low was 56.

“We set the tone defensively right from the start, making it hard for GB West to get to the hoop and get clean looks from the outside,” Georgeff said. “I was also most impressed with our rebounding and matching their physical presence.”

Stockbridge 72, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 42: Leroy Hamilton will take progress any way he can get it.

ZACH BAUER attempts to score in Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah’s loss to Stockbridge on Monday. – Photo by Mike McGill ZACH BAUER attempts to score in Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah’s loss to Stockbridge on Monday. – Photo by Mike McGill So although his Resorters lost at home Monday, he was satisfied with a couple of things.

Even though ELG fell to 0-4, it was the most points the team scored this season.

“I was pleased with the progress that we made,” he said. “That goes to show me that the hard work that these guys are putting in, they’re really starting to get and it’s really starting to pay off for them. I was pleased with the first half. At least now we know we can play with a good team in the first half. Now we’ve just got to put it together. We’re getting there. We’re young, but we’re getting there. I was very pleased with our effort.”

The 2-1 Indians held just a six-point lead at halftime as a result of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah sticking to its game plan, according to Hamilton.

But in the second half, Stockbridge outscored Elkhart Lake, 47-23.

“They pressed us a little bit,” Hamilton said. “They sped us up but we did break the press. But we missed four wide-open layups. … They would get the rebound and come down and score. You take a look at that, that kind of hurt us. Because you break the press, miss a wide-open layup and they come down and score.”

Five players scored at least 10 points for Stockbridge.

Zach Bauer led Elkhart Lake with 14 points and had eight of them in the first half to go with a total of four steals.

Bryce Sitko added eight points and Greg Berra chipped in with six.

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