The Glenwood boys basketball team came out the aggressors on both ends of the court against Atlantic with a 23-5 run to open the game and never let up the intensity in a resounding 62-46 Class 3A, Substate 1 opening round victory on Monday.
“I really do think we came out intense. Our tempo was good, we ran the court, and the intensity was in our favor for 32 minutes,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte after his team’s first district victory in five tries with Schulte at the helm. “I think we played really good team basketball tonight on the offensive and defensive ends.”
The Rams came out on fire to open the game, hitting five of their first six shots, including a pair of three pointers by Kyle Wheeler to lead 12-2 five minutes into the game.
Following a Trojan timeout, the Rams went right back at it, rattling off the seven straight points and 11 of the final 13 points in the quarter. The Rams’ Cole Darrow scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in the frame.
“The kids came out prepared,” said Schulte. “We had a great week of practice. We translated our practice into our game. I thought if we played tonight like we practiced the last three days, we’d be pretty successful and we were.”
After Atlantic chipped away at the Rams’ lead - thanks to seven straight Glenwood misses - Michael Lawler’s layup off a pretty imbounds pass put Glenwood out in front 31-13 with just over three minutes to go in the half. The Trojans did manage to cut the Rams’ lead 33-23 at the 6:56 mark of the third quarter but that was as close as they would get.
Grant Stivers’ two free throws gave Glenwood a 54-34 lead, its biggest of the game, with 7:01 to go in the game. Atlantic never got closer than 17 points the rest of the way.
The Rams held Atlantic to 28.3 percent shooting (13-of-46) while holding a dominating 44-24 rebounding edge. Glenwood shot 47.1 percent from the field (24-of-51) and got 14 rebounds and 15 points from Taylor Kaufman.
Dalton Franken led the Trojans with 16 points. Gunnar Blum and Chad Christiansen added 13 points each.
The district win is Glenwood’s first since 2004. The Rams advance to play Class 3A No. 1 Sioux City Heelan in Thursday’s substate final at 7 p.m. at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln. The Crusaders knocked off Red Oak in their district opener Tuesday.
“Obvious we’ll have our hands full. They’re the No. 1 team in the state so we’ll get prepared and we’ll be ready, that’s for sure.”