In a basketball game, a 14-point lead may not seem all that different from an 11-point lead. But in the momentum game, that extra three points makes all the difference.
Luke Hall’s three pointer at the third quarter buzzer handed Harlan a 47-33 lead and all the momentum heading into the fourth quarter as the Cyclones downed Glenwood 66-55 in Hawkeye 10 Conference basketball Friday.
“That right there was big,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte after the game. “A 14-point lead going into the fourth quarter is a lot tougher. Eleven is much more manageable. But it went in and it was unfortunate for us.”
The Rams (10-7 overall, 5-4 in the conference) started slow, trailing 18-9 after a quarter and 31-21 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Glenwood heated up. With all-conference Cyclone center Trey Lansman on the bench after picking up a quick third foul, The Rams strung together a 6-1 run to trim the lead to 32-28 with 6:29 to go in the frame. But that was as close as Glenwood would get in the frame. Lansman re-entered and Harlan responded with a 6-0 run to extend the lead back to 10.
Harlan out-scored the Rams 15-5 over the final two minutes of the third quarter, capped by Hall’s three-pointer.
Schulte said his team played well in spurts but never put together that spurt they needed to get back in the game over the final quarter and a half.
“We couldn’t get over the hump,” Schulte said.
Harlan got three three-pointers and a Lansman runner in a series of five possessions to open the fourth to swell their lead to 60-43 with just under five minutes to go. Glenwood was able to chip away at the lead, cutting it to 63-54 on a pair of Brady Wheeler free throws but they could get no closer.
Harlan’s starting front court of Lansman, Nathan Cave and Gabe Ferry combined for 57 of the Cyclones’ 66 points. Cave finished with a game-high 29 after scoring 19 in the first half. Lansman finished with 18 and Ferry 10.
“Cave had a tremendous game tonight. He’s a heck of a player. Trey Lansman, he’s going to play for the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and he’s a very good player. We needed to do a better job defending those players. To beat Harlan you have to shut those players down. Hopefully we’ll get another shot at them in the substate finals on a neutral floor. We hope to defend them better next time."
Gage Shatava led Glenwood with 21 points. Jacob Lewis and Wheeler added 11 each.