A Glenwood basket with 27 seconds left sent the game into overtime before Creston out-scored the Rams 16-7 in the extra frame to pull out a 62-53 Hawkeye 10 Conference win at home on Friday.
After trading leads most of the second half, Glenwood (0-2) found itself down 46-44 with 27 seconds to go when 6-foot-7 Jacob Lewis laid in a basket to tie it and send the game into overtime.
Corey Bertini led the Rams in scoring with 14 points followed by Lewis and Gage Shatava with 12 a piece.
The loss was the Rams’ second straight in overtime to open the season.
C.B T.J 59,
Glenwood 57 OT
Sometimes, no matter how great the defense, a jump shot goes down and there’s nothing a coach can do about it.
Freddie Williams’ three pointer with a hand in his face and just 16 seconds left in overtime lifted Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson to a 59-57 victory over Glenwood in the season-opener for both teams in front of a reporter-estimated crowd of 750 in Glenwood.
“Our ‘D’ couldn’t have been any better,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte after the game. “We thought they might try to win it in overtime with the three and I thought we defended it really well, we had a hand in the face and he shot over the top. He nailed a clutch three down the stretch.”
After a rough first quarter that saw Glenwood score as many points (nine) as it turned the ball over (nine) this game had the look of anything but an overtime contest.
But the Rams’ battled back. After going nearly six minutes without a point and getting down 19-9 with 5:02 to go in the second quarter, Glenwood closed the half on a 7-2 run to trim the Yellow Jackets halftime lead to 21-18.
“This was our first game and we have a lot of kids with not a lot of varsity experience,” Schulte said. “Nerves were a big part of what was going on in that first half. We kind of started to settle down in the second half.”
In the first four minutes of the third quarter, Glenwood would take its first lead, thanks to a 10-3 run and some halftime adjustments by Schulte.
“We think transition is a strength of ours. We didn’t get out and run the way we wanted to in the first half. I think we got some transition points and it took a little pressure off of our half court sets.”
The two teams would trade leads over the next quarter and a half until the Yellow Jackets appeared to take control on a Williams’ three pointer to put them up 52-47 with 1:45 to go in the game.
But Glenwood would respond. A layup by Gage Shatava, who scored a career-high 19 points, trimmed the lead to 52-49.
A Brady Wheeler steal led to another Shatava layup and a foul giving the senior guard a chance to tie the game with a free throw with 44.2 to go. Shatava would miss the free throw but the Rams’ defense would get the ball right back on a steal.
With :09 on the clock, Schulte called a timeout with a set play for Corey Bertini to take the last shot. But the shot missed sending the game into overtime.
In the extra frame, the teams traded baskets into the final minute when Glenwood took a 56-55 lead on Drew Konfrst’s layup. Following a miss by the Yellow Jackets on the other end, Bertini hit one of two free throws to put the lead 57-55 with 37 seconds to go.
Thomas Jefferson didn’t waste anytime getting the shot they wanted as Williams knocked down what would be the game winner with 19 seconds remaining.
Schulte used his final time out to once again set up Bertini. The senior guard got the look he wanted but the shot clanged off. Two attempted putbacks by Glenwood rolled off.
“We got what we wanted,” Schulte said of his team’s multiple chances to win the game. “Corey got a great look and it didn’t go. We got a couple offensive boards roll around the rim that didn’t go down. We had opportunities, that’s all you can ask for as a coach. Our kids played extremely hard in a great environment. They laid it on the line. Unfortunately a team had to lose tonight. These two teams fought toe to toe and they came out with the win.”
Bertini added 10 points for Glenwood.
Brian Collinson led T.J. with 19 points. Williams added 14 and Jakahi Gregory, 10.