Cold fourth quarter dooms Rams in 63-31 district loss

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    “They heated up and we went ice cold,” is how Glenwood boys basketball coach Curt Schulte summed it up.

    The Rams hit just 1-of-20 shots in the fourth quarter, scored three points and were helpless to watch as Harlan turned a 36-28 lead after three quarters into a 63-31 victory in the Class 3A, Substate 1, District 2 opening round Monday night.
    “We were right there (to open the fourth quarter), down three possessions. We hit a couple of shots, we’re right back in it and it’s a game. Everybody that was there knows this wasn’t a 30-point loss but that’s what the scoreboard shows,” Schulte said.
    In the first half, Glenwood seemingly couldn’t miss. The Rams hit 4-of-8 first half three’s and went into intermission up 23-20.
    But the Rams began to run out of steam in the third quarter and never seemed to solve the Cyclones 1-3-1 zone defense.
    “We handled their 2-3 (zone) in the first half pretty well, moving the ball and getting good shots, but when they went to the 1-3-1, we struggled,” the coach said. “We still played pretty good defense but our shooting, it just wasn’t there. And we forced some shots in the fourth quarter we really didn’t need to.”
    Tyler Jensen led the Rams with 11 points. Derek Jones added eight. Leading scorer Grant May, who entered the game averaging nearly 10 points per game, was held to a single point.
    “They played a lot of zone but they sort of shadowed Grant a little bit and it was not one of his best shooting nights,” Schulte said.
    The Rams finish their season with a final record of 10-12.
    The Cyclones will face Atlantic in Thursday’s substate final at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln.