Council Bluffs St. Albert jumped on Glenwood for an early 21-9 lead and then closed the game on a 21-10 run to down Glenwood 71-61 on Saturday.
“I thought we played real well after the first quarter,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte. “I thought three quarters we played pretty well. We outscored them in the second quarter and the third quarter. And they out-scored us in the fourth but a lot of that was due to us fouling and them hitting free throws. I thought we played three quarters of really good basketball.”
After St. Albert took a 21-9 lead after a quarter, the Rams bounced back to hit 8-of-12 shots in the second quarter. The hot shooting and Schulte’s switch up to a 1-2-2 zone helped slow the Falcons. Glenwood trailed 35-30 at the half.
“We got down early, we couldn’t stop their dribble penetration in the first quarter so we went to a 1-2-2 zone and that really helped us out,” Schulte said.
The Falcons came out to open the third quarter like they did the first. Connor Thomas’ three-pointer gave St. Albert their biggest lead to that point at 46-36 with just over four minutes to go in the third quarter.
But Glenwood would narrow the gap, shutting out the Falcons the rest of the frame on a 9-0 run.
A bucket by the Rams’ Cole Darrow gave Glenwood its first lead of the game at 50-49 with just over five minutes to play in the game. But the lead would be short-lived. Thomas hit another three pointer to go up 52-50 and after a Ram miss, Nick VanShoelen added another three to make it 55-50 with about four minutes to go. Glenwood never got closer than five points the rest of the way. The Falcons scored 22 of the game’s final 32 points.
Cole Darrow scored a career-high 33 points in the loss. The 33 points are the most by a Ram player in Schulte’s five years as head coach. Taylor Kaufman added 13 points and 13 rebounds for Glenwood.
Steve O’Neill led St. Albert with 19 points.
Rare is the team that can get out shot from the field and the three point line and out rebounded by 14 on its home court and still manage to pull out the win.
I guess that makes the Glenwood boys a rare breed. The Rams withstood several Clarinda rallies on a night they didn’t’ play best to pull out a 60-56 Hawkeye 10 Conference win on Thursday in Glenwood.
“We really couldn’t put them away,” said Schulte, whose team knocked off the Cardinals 70-49 in December. “We’d get up by seven or eight on a little run and they’d hit a three and boom, they’re back within a couple. My hat is tipped to Clarinda, they are much improved team from the last time we played them earlier in the year. They did some great things and just kept hanging around.”
Glenwood seemed determined to use its defense in the transition game to speed up the clock. In the first two quarters alone, the Rams played man-to-man and a zone defense and a utilized two different full and three-quarter court pressed to confuse the Cardinals.
“Our defense kind of created offense for us,” said Schulte. “We mixed a lot of different defenses in with our press and zone. We threw a lot of different defenses at them and I think it confused them a little bit and created some turnovers for us.”
After leading 15-10 after a quarter, Glenwood opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run capped by Taylor Kaufman’s fast break layup with 4:05 to go in the first half. But the Cardinals, as would be the story over the final three quarters, wouldn’t go away. Clarinda outscored Glenwood 12-4 over the final four minutes to trim that lead to 27-25 at the break.
In the third, Alex Hiatt’s three pointer tied the game with 4:17 to go. A layup and three free throws by Cole Darrow sandwiched around a Kaufman layup – thanks to three straight Cardinal turnovers – pushed Glenwood back ahead 39-32 with 1:48 to go in the third. But, once again, Clarinda responded with a run of its own, scoring the final five points of the quarter to trail just 40-37 heading into the final frame.
A pair of three pointers by Brandon Sweet, bracketed by a three by Darrow, left the score knotted at 43-43 with just over five minutes to go. Consecutive buckets by Darrow, Kaufman and a putback by Lawler keyed a 6-2 Glenwood run to that appeared to wrestled the momentum away from the Cardinals with a 52-45 lead with 3:40 to go.
However, the Cardinals would continue their comeback ways. A dunk by Jared Stansbury stirred the Cardinals’ comeback. Clarinda’s 6-2 run cut the Rams’ lead to three with just over two minutes to play. After Darrow’s runner made it 55-51, Kramer Samuelson answered with a three pointer to cut the lead two 56-54 with 1:31 to go. The two point margin was as close as the Cardinals would get. Glenwood hit 4-of-6 free throws down stretch to seal the win.
“We played real well against them the first time and I thought we played well tonight in spurts but they out rebounded us and a lot of loose balls came up their way. My hats tipped to them coming in here and playing like they did.”
The two teams combined for 35 total fouls and both teams shot well below their season averages from the field. Glenwood hit on 23-of-56 shots (41 percent) and the Cardinals 25-of-54 (46.2). Clarinda held a 43-29 rebounding edge but Glenwood forced 25 Cardinal turnovers.
“It was a very physical game,” he said. “We both banged pretty good. We had to to compete with them. They out rebounded us in the first half big time and probably in the game. We told the guys if we wanted to win this one we had to rebound and we had to be physical. We couldn’t back down and we didn’t.”
Glenwood was led by Taylor Kaufman with 22 points and eight rebounds. Cole Darrow added 21.
Clarinda was led by Tyler Steeve with 19 points.