LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Fans coming out to the Bellarmine-Wabash exhibition in Knights Hall on Thursday at 7 p.m.may think they’re seeing double.
If they look on Bellarmine’s end of the the floor they’ll see a tall player named Eberhard wearing number 41. If they look on Wabash’s end of the floor, they’ll see the exact same thing.
The explanation is simple. Bellarmine’s Adam Eberhard’s younger brother, Alex, wears the same number for the Little Giants.
Although it would be easy to bill the game as a “family feud,” perhaps a more accurate description would be to call it an (Evansville) Reitz Memorial High School reunion as at least seven alumni will be taking part in the contest.
In addition to the Eberhard brothers, Bellarmine freshman guard Dylan Penn is a Memorial grad, as is Wabash senior guard Ben Stachowski. Then, if you look at the Bellarmine bench you’ll see two managers (Joe and Matt Simon) that hail from Memorial.
The reunion even extends to the game staff, which includes Bellarmine Assistant Sports Information DirectorAdam Pruiett, who will be serving on the statistics crew, and as you’ve guessed by now, a Memorial grad.
Once the reunion greetings are over and the ball is tossed in the air for the opening tip, the actual game features the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II taking on a DIII opponent from Crawfordsville, Indiana and the North Coast Athletic Conference.
The Knights are fresh off an exhibition against the Division I Louisville Cardinals in which Bellarmine was competitive but saw the UofL margin grow to 11 points in the game’s waning moments.
Exhibition game number two will allow Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport to once again experiment with player combinations including a possible new starting lineup. Against the Cardinals, Eberhard–a preseason All-America selection–was joined in the top five by Tyler Jenkins, Daniel Ramser, Chivarsky Corbett and Alex Cook. All five spent time as starters last season, as did Ben Weyer, who came off the bench against Louisville and poured in 14 points.
In all, 13 players hit the hardwood for the Knights in the UofL exhibition and odds are that even more will see action against the Little Giants.
Wabash also will field an experienced squad in 2018-19 with 10 returners, including all five starters. The Little Giants (12-14 last year) have been picked to finish fourth in the 10-team NCAC this season.
The Little Giants were led in scoring last season by Jack Davidson who earned the NCAC Newcomer of the Year and Second Team All-Conference honors. Fellow guard Connor Rotterman chipped in 12 points a game last season, while Harrison Hallstrom averaged 11.2 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds a contest.
The Wabash game will be the final exhibition for the Knights who start the regular season on the road in the GLIAC-GLVC Challenge. Bellarmine opens the event with host Saginaw Valley on Nov. 9 and comes back the following day to take on Northwood. The Knights’ regular season home opener will be Nov. 24 against Wayne State.
Reitz Memorial Grads Pictured: Matt Simon, Adam Ebarhard, Dylan Penn, Joe Smith, Adam Pruiett
Story provided by Bellarmine University Sports Information Department.