Coming into their Hawkeye 10 Conference opener against state ranked No. 7 Harlan, Glenwood boys basketball coach Curt Schulte said his team would have to be sharp in every phase of the game to have a shot at the upset.
On Friday, the Rams struggled shooting the ball, struggled at the free throw line and struggled to contain the Cyclones’ offensive penetration. In other words, the Rams were decidedly not sharp and it showed in a 71-42 loss to the Cyclones before a reporter-estimated 1,000 at the Glenwood gymnasium on Friday.
“We can’t shoot it like that,” said Schulte after the game. “We missed a lot of the front end of one-and-ones. In order to compete with a team that’s ranked in the top 2 or 3 in the state you have to do the little things and we didn’t do that tonight. We missed easy shots, we weren’t consistent at the free throw line and they broke us down defensively.”
Harlan led 10-6 after a quarter. The Cyclones came out hot in the second quarter to extend their lead to 18-8 with just over five minutes to go in the half.
The Rams managed just two points the final 2:33 of the half on Cole Darrow’s layup and the Cyclones took advantage, taking a 31-16 lead at the break on Michael Kaufman’s three-pointer at the halftime buzzer.
“We missed a lot of easy shots, especially in the first when we were in it,” said Schulte. “We end up going down by 15 at halftime, we make five or six bunnies we miss in the first half and its a five or six point game and at halftime its a different story.”
In the third quarter Harlan picked up where they left off in the first half, rattling off three straight buckets to take a 37-18 lead on Luke Lansman’s layup with 5:02 to go in the quarter.
Harlan’s lead swelled to as many as 26 in the quarter.
Glenwood briefly cut the lead to 52-35 with 6:36 to go in the fourth quarter on a Dylan Blankenship layup. But after a timeout, Harlan went on an 8-2 run to put Glenwood away. The Rams never got closer than 23 the rest of the way.
Glenwood just had no answer for the speedy Kaufman. The 5-foot-10 senior, who also quarterbacked the state champion Cyclone football team this fall, led all scorers with 22 points and seemed to get into the lane at will to set up teammates.
“Michael is one of the best point guards in the state, no Michael is the best point guard in the state,” said Schulte. “Everything goes through him and when he’s on they are hard to stop. And they shot the ball extremely well tonight and on the defensive end they really got after us.”
Zach Osborn added 11 points, including three three-pointers and Lansman chipped in with 10 points for the Cyclones.
The Rams struggled shooting all night, connecting on just 17-of-51 shots (33.3 percent) and 8-of-23 free-throws (34.7 percent). Glenwood turned the ball over just eight times but had just two assists on 17 made field goals.
Dylan Blankenship led the Rams with 12 points and added six rebounds. Cole Darrow had 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Simms added nine points and six rebounds.
C.B. Thomas Jefferson 31
A switch a to a compact, 2-3 zone was the difference for the Glenwood boys basketball team in a 45-31 season-opening victory over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson last Tuesday.
The Rams (1-0) trailed 10-7 at the end of a quarter playing man-to-man against the bigger and quicker Yellowjackets. But Curt Schulte sent his team out in a zone defense in the second quarter and the Rams responded. The Yellowjackets scored just two points in the second frame and five in third as Glenwood took a lead that swelled to as big as 15. Thomas Jefferson never got closer than 14 points in the second half.
Cole Darrow scored 15 points to lead Glenwood. Cory Simms added 10 and Drake Ruth six. Taylor Kaufman added six points off the bench.