“It’s been a tough week for us,” is how Glenwood coach Curt Schulte summed up his team’s week, following its third straight loss, a 66-41 setback to Atlantic on Saturday.
“We knew this would be a tough few games,” said Schulte, whose team has lost three in a row all to ranked opponents to drop to 9-11 overall and 9-8 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference. “But they (Atlantic) played real well and they played better than we did.”
The Trojans (17-2), who defeated Glenwood by one point in a January overtime game, used an 18-6 second quarter run to pull away for a 32-20 halftime lead.
In the third, Atlantic outscored the Rams 18-9 to put the game away.
“The second and third quarters killed us,” said Schulte. “We played pretty good first and fourth quarters. It was really that third quarter that hurt us the most, we were right there and then they took over. That killed us.”
Schulte felt his team shot the ball well but the timing of those shots wasn’t ideal.
“We got good shots offensively, we just didn’t get them when we needed them,” said Schulte, whose team shot 42 percent from the field. “They just played good, straight up man-to-man defense.”
Robby King led Glenwood with 16 points and Kirk Porter added nine.
Forward Jacey Hoegh had a game-high 20 points and center John Cord added 18.
Denison opened the game on a 19-6 run and shot 71 percent in the second half in a 67-38 in Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over the Glenwood boys last Tuesday.
After the Monarchs got off to a hot start, the Rams cut the lead to 27-20 at the half. But in the third quarter, Denison and guard Jake Feller heated up. The Rams were outscored 40-18 after halftime.
“We were able to narrow the gap but they go hot in the third quarter,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte. “Feller was on fire. He was the difference I thought.”
The Rams had went to a zone defense in the third, combat the Monarchs’ big front court that goes 6-foot-5, 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-7.
“We tried to pack it in to take their big guys out of it but that left them open from the perimeter and they took advantage. I haven’t seen them shoot like that all year,” said Schulte.
Cole Darrow and Robby King led Glenwood with nine points each.
Feller finished with a game-high 24 points.
JV boys win three close contests
Glenwood’s junior varsity boys basketball team won three games by a combined 10 points last week.
Kyle Wheeler’s three-pointer at the buzzer pushed the Rams past Denison 55-54 in a home contest Feb. 10.
Denison led by 11 entering the fourth quarter, but the Rams kept cutting into the lead, tying it with about a minute left on a three-pointer by Josh DeYoung. After two Denison free throws, Wheeler gave the Rams their only lead of the game as he knocked down a 25-footer to give Glenwood the win.
DeYoung led the Rams with 19 points and eight rebounds. Wheeler had 11 points, all in the fourth quarter. Rounding out the scoring were Nate Lincoln with eight, Drake Ruth with five, Taylor Kaufman with four, three each for Michael Lawler and Nick Wells, and two for Josh Matthews.
“It was a great team win. The boys never stopped competing and played together,” said Coach Chad Van Kley.
The Rams used 24 points from Kaufman to defeat Council Bluffs St. Albert 64-57 in a home contest Feb. 7.
Glenwood outrebounded the Saints 31-16, with Kaufman and Ruth each pulling down five boards. Grant Loeffelbein contributed five assists.
DeYoung had nine points, followed by Lincoln with eight, Matt Schulz with six, five each for Wheeler and Matthews, Ruth with four, and Ian Eflin with three.
The night before, the Rams held off a late Creston charge to defeat the Panthers 60-58 in Creston. The win avenged an earlier loss to the Panthers. Glenwood has defeated every team in the Hawkeye Ten Conference at least once this season.
Kaufman led the Rams with 12 points, followed by Ruth with 10. Rounding out the scoring were DeYoung, Loeffelbein and Matthews with seven each, Lincoln with five, four each for Schulz and Eflin, and two each for Wells and Wheeler.
Ruth had seven rebounds and five assists for Glenwood.
The Rams are now 15-4 on the season.