The Glenwood boys basketball team built a 16-point halftime lead and cruised to a 60-51 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over Shenandoah on Friday.
The win gives the Rams (7-3 overall, 4-2 in the conference) sole possession of first place in the Hawkeye 10 Southern Division with a one-game lead over Creston.
“The boys were hungry,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte. “They were disappointed losing at Harlan (on Tuesday) but we had two good days of practice and came back and got a big win on their senior night. We played pretty good.”
The Rams led 31-15 at halftime and by as many as 17 in the second half before the Mustangs cut into the lead late.
Playing without leading scorer Cole Darrow, who was out with the flu, Matt Schultz made his first varsity start and scored a career-high 10 points. Taylor Kaufman and Ian Eflin led Glenwood with 15 points each.
The Glenwood boys nearly erased a 20-point half time deficit but could get no closer than six points in a 70-62 loss to Harlan last Tuesday.
After trailing 39-19 at halftime, Glenwood outscored the Cyclones 43-31 after halftime.
After getting down 20 points at intermission, Schulte didn’t need to give a big halftime speech or adjust too many Xs and Os.
“I told them we just needed to chip away,” said Schulte. “There’s no such thing as a 20-point play so we just wanted to chip away at that lead, get it down to a single digit by the fourth quarter, and we did that.”
Glenwood trimmed the lead to nine at the end of the third quarter and trailed by just four with the ball and two minutes to go when a three point shot to cut the lead to a single point clanged out.
“They struggled with our press in the second half and we were able to hit some shots,” said Schulte. “We don’t feel like we lost, we just felt like we ran out of time. I’m really proud of our effort. You just can’t get down to a top 10 ranked team like that.”
Taylor Kaufman paced Glenwood with 21 points. Cole Darrow added 19 and Kyle Wheeler 11.
Josh Schaben and Zach Osborn led Harlan with 19 points each.