“We ran into a buzz saw.”
That’s how Glenwood head coach Curt Schulte would describe his team’s 79-53 loss at the hands of Harlan in Monday’s Class 3A, District 16 opening round.
Harlan had five players score in double figures, hit nine three pointers and never let Glenwood within 15 points over the final two quarters.
“They shot lights out,” said Schulte after the game. “Offensively, they were solid. That’s the game of basketball; sometimes you get games like that. We’d been super hot coming in and we weren’t getting baskets tonight we’d been getting. Credit them. They played extremely well on the offensive end.”
Glenwood had gone up 14-12 on Grant May’s runner with 2:20 to go in the opening quarter, but the bucket seemed to ignite the Cyclones. Harlan closed the frame on an 8-0 run to take a 20-14 lead into the second quarter.
In the second, Harlan rattled off a 21-12 run to take a 41-26 lead into intermission.
“They heated up,” Schulte said of the Cyclones’ final 10 minutes of the first half where they outscored Glenwood 29-12. “It’s tough when you have a 6-foot-6 kid (Trey Lansman), a possible all-stater, down low and we’re trying to take him out and they’re punching it out and fours guys are hitting from beyond the arc.”
Harlan hit 6-of-10 first half threes and seemed to be able to get any shot they wanted against the Rams. Nate Cave led five Cyclones in double-figures with 18 points.
“That’s tough to defend,” Schulte said. “You have guys that can hit threes like that and a solid 6-foot-6 center you have to pick your poison and tonight all the credit goes to them. They deserved to win.”
The Cyclones’ lead swelled to as many as 23 in the third quarter. Glenwood twice cut that lead to 15 but could get no closer.
“Our kids always fight,” Schulte said. “They played some great ball. We have nothing to hang our heads about. Obviously we would have liked to have gotten this one tonight. But you know what, we fought to the end and I’m proud of the kids.”
J.J. Hahn led Glenwood with 16 points. Grant May added 12 and Corey Bertini 11.
Glenwood finishes its season with a 12-10 record.