Special to The Sun
OKLAHOMA CITY —
Even during a week when he struggled a bit with his shooting, Oklahoma Christian center Will Reinke was the best men’s basketball player in the Heartland Conference.
On Monday, Reinke was named as the conference player of the week for the second straight week and for the third time this season. In an overtime loss at McMurry (Texas) and a double-overtime win at St. Edward’s (Texas), Reinke averaged 21 points, 14.5 rebounds and three blocked shots per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field (14 of 32) and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line (14 of 18).
“This is another nice honor for Will,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “Our team is doing a great job of getting Will the ball in good scoring position. We are still figuring things out, but Will has played at a very high level. I look forward to our improvement in the weeks to come.”
This season, the 6-foot-10 senior from Lawton is third in the Heartland Conference in scoring (19.3 points per game), second in rebounding (10.1 per game), second in field goal percentage (59.9 percent), first in blocked shots (2.5 per game) and 11th in assists (2.6 per game).
Reinke, a preseason NCAA Division II All-America selection by Basketball Times, is the first player this season to win the Heartland Conference weekly award three times. Three other players have won it twice. As a junior, Reinke twice was named as the Sooner Athletic Conference player of the week.
Reinke went 4-of-11 from the field in the 69-63 loss to McMurry on Thursday, but still finished with 16 points and matched his career high with 17 rebounds while blocking four shots.
Against St. Edward’s, Reinke had 26 points (on 10-of-21 shooting), 12 rebounds and two blocks and was clutch down the stretch, serving as the Eagles’ go-to player and making all six of his free throws.
With 1,220 career points, Reinke has moved into a tie with Les Pyeatt (1997-2001) for 26th on OC’s all-time scoring chart. Reinke is five points shy of the No. 25 spot, held by Reed Johnson (1971-1973), and could pass Johnson on Saturday, when OC (9-6) plays at Dallas Baptist (Texas).