Bauer opens up on getting 1,000th pointJanuary 4, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
DUBOIS — Reece Bauer had been scoring buckets throughout the night, but one particular bucket in the fourth quarter led to rousing cheers and a stoppage of play.
The game paused with 5:40 left to go as the Northeast Dubois senior was acknowledged from his home fans for having scored the 1,000th point of his career in Saturday’s 66-51 win against Evansville Day. He needed 16 to reach the plateau, and finished with a game-high 24. The student section chanted Bauer’s name, and he received a standing ovation. Bauer acknowledged the crowd as he helped the Jeeps (6-3) snap a modest two-game skid. He received further applause when he checked out with 1:02 remaining in the game.
“That was the best individual moment of my high school career,” Bauer said. “It was really special happening here at home — the home crowd, just seeing everyone cheer.”
Reaching the milestone never occurred to Bauer during the younger days of his high school career. He focused on doing what he could for his team. Scoring his 1,000th point didn’t appear on his radar until people told him he was getting closer. He knew he was close going into Saturday’s game against the Eagles. Bauer felt he didn’t have his best game on Saturday due shots not falling and going up against a physical team that put pressure on the Jeeps.
However, Jeeps coach Terry Friedman noted Bauer’s abilities to get offensive rebounds and put the ball back in the basket after missing shots he normally doesn’t miss.
“I think Reece Bauer’s second effort was really a big key for us tonight,” Friedman said.
Friedman congratulated Bauer after his accomplishment. The 14th-year Jeeps coach watched the newest member of the 1,000 point club grow up from the time he was little. Friedman praised him as not only being a gifted athlete, but also being unselfish and a competitor who is deserving of the feat. Bauer also plays tennis and baseball, and Friedman said the team will most miss his competitive fire.
Bauer didn’t just make an impact on offense, though. Evansville Day got off to a 7-0 run to begin the game, and led Northeast Dubois for almost the entire first half, including a 28-27 advantage going into halftime. Eagles freshman Tyler Myers played a big role in Northeast Dubois being in a deficit for most of the first half. Myers scored 16 opening half points. However, the Jeeps made some defensive adjustments, putting Bauer on Myers in the second half. They held Myers to one point in the entire second half.
“I think that kind of tells you what we think of Reece Bauer’s defense, too,” Friedman said.
Getting his 1,000th point had not sunk in for Bauer when he spoke to the Herald after Saturday’s win, nor would he know when it would sink in. The Jeeps gave him the game ball as a memento. Scoring 1,000 points means notching a lot of buckets. Some of Bauer’s favorites came during his freshman year when he drove the baseline and got some reverse layups. What also stood out to him was when the Jeeps met Wood Memorial during sectionals when he was a sophomore. Bauer recalled some big 3-pointers he made to help propel Northeast Dubois to a 74-63 victory in the opening round.
Bauer and Friedman both discussed the kind of practices the Jeeps had prior to facing the Eagles. The senior touted how hard Northeast Dubois worked to snap that two-game skid and avoid losing four out of five. The Jeeps knew they had to increase their defensive intensity and slow the Eagles down in the second half. Friedman said the team didn’t have their greatest practices at the beginning of the week with players being out sick and it being the holidays. However, the practices on Thursday and Friday were a different story. Friedman thought the Jeeps developed a “much better edge” mentally. He added Northeast Dubois had sharper practices and was more focused in them.
Senior Ethan Ziegler and junior Lane Knies also reached double digits in scoring with 14 points and 10 points, respectively. Bauer, Ziegler, Knies and the rest of the Jeeps will try to keep it going. Their next game is Jan. 10 at South Knox for their first Blue Chip Conference game since a 56-41 win Dec. 7 against Shoals. The Jeeps are 2-0 in conference play thus far. Friedman thinks Barr-Reeve is at the top of a very strong boys basketball conference. He said the Vikings, his Jeeps, Loogootee and South Knox make up the elite of the Blue Chip Conference. Northeast Dubois lost to South Knox, 45-38, last year.
“We want to continue working on our defensive rotations and our rebounding and the little things that help us win ball games,” he said.
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