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August 3, 2013

Bauerle, Sander reach new heights


B-G basketball coach Greg Warren called Bauerle one of the smartest players he's coached.

“He has such a sense of what was going on,” Warren said. “He's definitely a coach on the floor. In the huddle during a timeout, he'd say this is what we need. He was a good facilitator with teammates. He helped manage people and was right on par with what I was saying.”

In B-G's season-finale, a 72-52 loss at Lansing, Bauerle had game-highs of 26 points and 15 rebounds, and he hit three three-pointers.

“I felt they were at a loss in the first half,” said Warren, whose team led, 38-35, at halftime. “They couldn't guard him on the perimeter. They had 6-8, 6-5 and 6-4 starting and they couldn't keep him off the boards, even with that size differential. If you put a guard on him, he's too big, and if you put a bigger guy on him, he's still too strong.”

Added Bauerle: “I'm a pretty big kid, but I've always focused on shooting. That way, there's more than one aspect to my game. It's important to work on shooting and moves inside.”

Those interested in becoming a quality rebounder should listen to Bauerle's quick tutorial on snatching caroms.

“I stay low and get into the guy,” he said of boxing out. “Because I've been playing so long, I know the bounces off the rim, just trying to predict where the ball was going to go. You have to pretend the ball is yours and no one else can have it.”

Warren said in addition to Bauerle's year-round athletic exploits, he's also near the top of his class academically.

“He's such a good kid,” Warren said. “He's extremely coachable. He's reserved, but he'd not a standoffish kid. He works hard, doesn't run his mouth and is a good team player. I hate losing him.”

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