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Boys basketball awards: Hintermeister proud of growth B-E boys showed

Senior guard Titus Fuller leads Chargers' award winners by taking home two team honors.

Brandon-Evansville boys basketball awards
From left to right, Brandon-Evansville boys basketball award winners from the 2021-22 season are Carter White, JV best defender; Dustin Gillespie, JV most improved; Brady Perleberg, varsity best communicator; Aaron Gillespie, JV most disciplined; Micah Fuller, varsity most improved; Tyler Bitzan, varsity best defender; and Titus Fuller, varsity most disciplined and Pillar Award.<br/>
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BRANDON-EVANSVILLE — The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team honored four varsity players with team awards as the Chargers celebrated their winter season recently, and senior guard Titus Fuller brought home two of those honors.

Fuller averaged 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 27 games played. He earned B-E’s Most Disciplined Award and also took home the Chargers’ Pillar Award.

“Our Pillar Award goes to the player in our program who displays leadership on and off the court,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “A student-athlete who lives their day-to-day life using good communication skills, is self-disciplined and is trustworthy. This player represents Brandon-Evansville in a positive way all the time.”

Fellow senior Tyler Bitzan earned B-E’s Best Defender Award. Bitzan averaged 11 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while being a versatile defender on the wing and around the rim with his ability to chase down blocks.

“Our program is so much better now because of the contributions these two young men gave to Charger athletics,” Hintermeister said of his two seniors, Fuller and Bitzan.

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Freshman Micah Fuller was named the team’s most-improved player. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds as he played in all 27 games for the Chargers. He averaged 19 minutes per game, shooting 36% from three and 66% from the free-throw line.

Junior guard Brady Perleberg rounded out the team-award winners by being named the best communicator. Perleberg averaged 2.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

Titus Fuller, Bitzan and junior guard Dezmond White earned all-conference honors in both the Pheasant Conference and Little Eight Conference.

White led Brandon-Evansville in scoring at 15.7 points per game. He shot 41.4% from three on a high volume of 7.8 attempts per game. He also shot 46.3% from two and averaged 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

The Chargers wrapped up their season at 14-13 overall, winning six of their last eight games of the regular season before falling to Hancock (23-6) in the Section 6A playoffs.

“I thought this season was successful for many reasons,” Hintermeister said. “As the year went on, we elevated our play and we played our best ball at the end of the season. The guys were great teammates and our older players displayed what it means to be a great teammate and leader to our younger guys.”

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE BOYS BASKETBALL JUNIOR VARSITY AWARDS - Most Disciplined - Aaron Gillespie; Best Defender - Carter White; Most Improved - Dustin Gillespie; Best Communicator - Gracin Klimek  

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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