Monster week lands Reinke 2nd Heartland Conference award

OC center Will Reinke has been named as the Heartland Conference player of the week for the second time.
OC center Will Reinke has been named as the Heartland Conference player of the week for the second time.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 7, 2013) – A pair of monster games, including one in which he set a career scoring high, resulted in Oklahoma Christian center Will Reinke being named on Monday as the Heartland Conference men’s basketball player of the week for the second time this season.

Reinke, a 6-foot-10 senior from Lawton, dominated inside and scored a career-high 35 points (and was just one off his career high for rebounds with 16) in a 74-65 loss to No. 18 Newman (Kan.) on Thursday. It was the second-highest single-game point total this season by a Heartland Conference player.

In an 82-80 overtime win over Arkansas-Fort Smith on Saturday – OC’s first win over a Heartland opponent since joining the conference – Reinke scored 22 of his 24 points after halftime, including 14 in the game's final 10 minutes, when he was saddled with four fouls.

On the week, he shot 84 percent from the free-throw line (21 of 25) and also averaged 3.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game to go along with his 29.5 points and 12.0 rebounds.

Reinke, named as a preseason NCAA Division II All-American by Basketball Times, also was named as the Heartland Conference’s player of the week for the week of Dec. 3-9. As a junior, he twice received Sooner Athletic Conference player of the week honors.

Entering this Thursday’s game at McMurry (Texas), Reinke is third in the Heartland Conference in scoring average (19.1 points per game), second in rebounding (9.5 per game) and field-goal percentage (63.4), first in blocked shots (32, 2.5 per game) and 11th in assists (2.6 per game).