With snow and blistering cold preventing the Glenwood basketball team from three days of practice, Ram coach Curt Schulte put his team through a rigorous 90-minute work out prior to their game with Red Oak on Saturday afternoon.
The jumpstart seemed to payoff as Glenwood rattled off 15 points in a row in the first quarter and led by as many as 29 in a 67-42 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory on Saturday.
“I was concerned with the snow days and us not being able to practice for three days,” said Schulte of his pre-game practice. “For having the little lay-off, we did some good things. I thought our tempo was good.”
After Red Oak opened the game scoring the first five points, Glenwood responded with a 15-4 run to lead 26-14 after a quarter. The Rams led by as many as 16 in the first half but that lead was cut back to a dozen when Cody Walford nailed a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer.
But in the second half Schulte changed up his defense from man-to-man defense to a trapping full court zone that forced the Tigers into turnovers on five of their first six possessions of the half.
Cole Darrow’s steal and dunk with 3:16 to go in the third quarter gave the Rams a 19-point lead at 48-29. The Tigers never got closer the rest of the way as Glenwood extended their lead to as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter.
“We kind of mixed it up a little bit, we ran a two-three zone, some one-two-two, we trapped out of our one-two-two and we ran some full court pressure. We kept them off guard a little bit and kept them thinking,” said Schulte.
Darrow led four Rams in double-figures with 19 points. Cory Simms had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Taylor Kaufman and Nick Wells added 14 and 10 points each, respectively, off the bench.
“We had four guys in double figures, that’s key for us,” said Schulte. “We shot 50 percent from the field and that’s huge. We also out rebounded them 50 to 25. I thought our defense was better in the second half. We gave up some easy shots in the first half that I thought got better in the second half.”
As well as Darrow played, and has played leading the Rams in scoring in all but two games this season, it was the play of the Rams that encouraged Schulte the most.
“He did a lot of good things,” said Schulte of Darrow. “A lot of teams have started to face-guard him a little bit and that’s when we need other guys to step up and score for us. And they did tonight. We had good balanced scoring tonight and that’s what we’re going to have to do. Because teams are going to try and take Cole out of the game. They stepped up tonight.”
Dakota White led Red Oak with 14 points.
Denison outscored the Glenwood boys basketball team 27-12 over the second and third quarters and got 24 points from Brandon Scherff in a 53-40 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory last Tuesday.
The Monarchs’ post tandem of Scherff (6-foot-5, 285 pounds) and Ricky Torres (6-foot-6) gave the Rams fits all night. Scherff, a University of Iowa football recruit, scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Torres finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Glenwood (4-3 overall, 3-3 in the conference) was led by Cole Darrow with 16 points. Josh DeYoung added 10 and Cory Simms seven.