Basketball team dishes out honors

Junior guards Tim Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Kyle James (Indianapolis, Ind.) led members of the Hanover College men’s basketball program who received awards at the squad’s post-season banquet.

Bass was named Hanover’s most valuable player, while James earned the John R. Collier Mental Attitude Award and the Student-Athlete Award for having the team’s highest grade-point average.

Senior forward Jacob Rieger (Cold Springs, Ky.) was named the Panthers’ best defensive player. Junior guard Trent Crabtree (Crawfordsville, Ind.) earned the Marty Brennan Hustle Award.

Bass, a two-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection, led Hanover in scoring with 14.8 points per game. He also led the Heartland Conference with 5.5 assists per contest and tallied 148 during the season to become the Panthers’ career leader with 357.

He was 141-of-301 from the floor (46.8%) shot a team-high 38.8 percent effort from beyond the arc (31-of-80). He also led Hanover in free throw percentage, making 87-of-116 (75%) from the charity stripe.

James, a second-team all-HCAC honoree, was second on the Panthers with 11.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest. He made 116-of-254 field goal attempts (45.7%), including 35.3 percent from three-point range (42-of-119).

After missing his entire junior season with a leg injury, Rieger returned as a senior to play more than 22 minutes per game. He averaged 4.9 points per game, ranked second on the squad with 4.2 rebounds and earned a spot on the Heartland Conference’s sportsmanship team.

Crabtree logged nine minutes per game through 21 appearances off the bench for the Panthers. He averaged 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds as a reserve ball handler.

Hanover posted a 19-9 overall record. The Panthers placed third in the HCAC standings with a 13-5 mark and advanced to the league’s tournament championship for the second straight season.