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Reinartz, Prater reach career highs as Rochester beats NM in TRC opener


Sports Editor, RTC

Tanner Reinartz

DENVER — Tanner Reinartz hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points, and Owen Prater added a career-high 21 to lead the Rochester boys basketball team to a 74-51 win over host North Miami in their Three Rivers Conference opener Friday.

After trailing 37-33 at halftime, Rochester switched from a man-to-man to a zone for the entirety of the second half. In the second half, North Miami had more than twice as many turnovers (13) as field goals (6).

Jake Riley, a close friend and travel baseball teammate of Reinartz’s, scored 20 to lead North Miami. Lake Musall added 14, all in the first half.

Rochester defeated North Miami for the seventh straight year and improved to 3-

Owen Prater

2. North Miami fell to 1-5, 0-2.

They have lost 15 consecutive conference games dating back to January 2022.

This is the final conference meeting between the teams as North Miami will be leaving the TRC and joining the Hoosier North Athletic Conference in 2024-25. The teams could meet again this season in Class 2A, Sectional 36, which Lewis Cass will host from Jan. 30-Feb. 3.

“The bottom line is that we had to get out on their shooters a little better on the baseline, and we did,” Rochester coach Rob Malchow said. “I thought Owen was really good at anticipating and getting some steals on the top end. … I thought Drew (Bowers) settled down. It was great to see Tanner knock down shots.”

Rochester started the second half on a 7-0 run and never trailed again. Drew Bowers cut from the weak side for an open jumper in the lane, and Prater had a steal and scored in transition and was fouled and completed the 3-point play for a 38-37 Zebra lead.

A Prater reverse layup along the baseline off a Bowers assist made it 40-37.

North Miami hung within 45-43 on a Drew Wright free throw with 4:17 left in the quarter before Rochester went on another 12-2 run.

Dylan Hook, playing for the first time since Nov. 22 after being sidelined with an injury to his pinkie finger, dropped in a layup.

“It was great to see Dylan come in,” Malchow said. “Dylan really gave us a lift tonight coming off the bench.”

Prater had a steal and a layup, and Prater traversed the baseline to get open for a 3-pointer in the right corner to get the lead to nine.

After a Ray Pickett bucket on an inbounds play made it 52-45, another Prater 3-point play and two Hook free throws made it 57-45.

Prater single-handed outscored the entire North Miami team 15-14 in the second half.

“He’s so competitive (that) when we came out in the second half, it was almost like he took it upon himself to ratchet up the pressure and our intensity, and he knocked down a couple shots, and he just kept going. … He played his tail off,” Malchow said.

North Miami would get the lead down to nine in the fourth quarter on a Riley pullup jumper, but Rochester would close the game on a 16-2 run thanks to five more points from Reinartz.

Reinartz averaged nine points per game over his first two games but just two points per game in losses to North Judson and Logansport last weekend.

At one point, he hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to give Rochester a 33-26 lead.

Reinartz said he worked on his shot with the coaching staff since last weekend.

“I worked a lot with coaches this week working on my shot,” Reinartz said. “Confidence is key for sure.”

But North Miami closed out the half with an 11-0 run to take the lead.

“We had great momentum going into halftime,” North Miami coach Ryan DeMien said. “Rochester had come out with their pressure a little bit. We wanted to win that time of possession, and I feel like we did very well in the first half with that. In the second half, we had some turnovers that put a lot of pressure on our defense there. We had some turnovers that led to fast breaks, and it’s tough when you’ve got to play defense more without getting a shot or getting a score there, so we put a lot of pressure on ourselves on our defensive end because of what was happening on the offensive end.

“Those first 16 minutes though, I felt that’s the best our group has played all year together.”

Meanwhile, Rochester spent the halftime break trying to stop Riley and Musall, who combined for 30 points in the half.

“At halftime, I told the coaches I don’t think I’ve ever had a team give up 37 in a half,” Malchow said. “I said, ‘My goodness, that was something.’ But we really obviously ratcheted it up, and I hoped that we could. I didn’t know if we would, but we did, and I’m glad.”

Rochester also won the JV game 52-25.

Rochester 74, North Miami 51

ROCHESTER (74) (3-2, 1-0)

Drew Bowers 3 0-0 6, Carson Paulik 1 0-0 2, Tanner Reinartz 9 4-6 26, Owen Prater 9 2-2 21, Bryce Baugher 3 0-0 7, Davis Renie 0 0-0 0, Dylan Hook 2 4-6 8, Luke Malchow 1 0-0 2, Hunter Honkomp 0 0-0 0, Robert Bozzo 0 0-0 0, Jonas Kiser 0 0-0 0, Grant Clark 1 0-0 2, Jack Reffett 0 0-0 0

TEAM: 29 10-14 74

NORTH MIAMI (51) (1-5, 0-2)

Kale Deardorff 1 0-2 3, Lake Musall 4 4-6 14, Jake Riley 6 8-8 20, Ray Pickett 2 0-0 4, Drew Wright 2 1-2 6, Bryce Gosnell 0 0-0 0, Ryan Smith 1 2-2 4

TEAM: 16 15-20 51

Three-point field goals:

Rochester 6 (Reinartz 4, Prater, Baugher),

North Miami 4 (Musall 2, Deardorff, Wright)

Total fouls: Rochester 15, North Miami 14

Turnovers: Rochester 15, North Miami 19

Fouled out: Smith (NM), 2:51, fourth

Score by quarters

Rochester 16 17 24 17 74

North Miami 16 21 10 4 51

JV: Rochester 52, North Miami 25

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