Taylor Kaufman hit a free throw with 3.4 seconds left to break a 60-60 tie in overtime to give the Glenwood boys basketball team a 61-60 upset victory of Council Bluffs Lewis Central on Thursday.
“We’ve had some good wins in my four years, but this was probably one of the biggest in the program’s history,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte of his team’s win over the Class 4A Titans who had already sealed up the Hawkeye 10 Conference title. “This was a great win for the school and the community.”
Trailing much of the first three and a half quarters, the Rams finally got the lead on Cory Simms’ short jumper with just under five minutes to go in the game. Glenwood actually had a chance to win the game regulation when Schulte’s crew stalled for the last shot over the final 1:15 but Simms’ shot from the lane as time expired rolled off.
The game went to overtime with the score knotted at 55-55.
Glenwood drew blood first in the overtime when Cole Darrow snagged and raced coast-to-coast for a layup to put the Rams ahead 57-55. They added to their lead on Simms’ bucket to go up 59-55 with 1:55 to go.
Following a Titan turnover the Rams decided to stall but a turnover gave the ball back to Lewis Central, who cut the lead to 59-57 on Luke Norville’s runner.
After Glenwood point guard Kyle Wheeler hit 1-of-2 free throws, Norville was fouled on the other end and made a free throw to make the score 60-58 with 43 seconds left. Lewis Central forced a turnover on the ensuing possession but turned it right back over the the Rams who promptly returned the favor with a Norville steal. The senior guard then hit a 17-footer to tie the game at 60-60 with 23 seconds left.
After running down the clock Darrow isolated his man, drove into the lane but the junior missed the runner. But Kaufman snagged the rebound and was hacked attempting to put up a shot 3.4 seconds left.
Kaufman, a 74.5 percent free throw shooter on the season, nailed the first three throw to give Glenwood the 61-60 lead. After a timeout by Schulte, where he instructed Kaufman to intentionally miss the second free throw, the Titans grabbed the rebounds but a half court heave came up short to give Glenwood the win.
“We really thought we played well,” said Schulte. “We worked hard on both ends of the floor. I think it really came down to who had the ball last.”
Some missed free throws in the fourth quarter cost Glenwood from extending their lead. The Rams shot 6-of-14 at the line in the game. But Schulte doesn’t lament those misses.
“We did struggled at the line in spots but we hit them when we had to,” he Schulte.
Kaufman led the Rams with 22 points and added 10 rebounds. Darrow finished with 14 and Simms 12.
Norville led the Titans with 26 points.
A pair of streaks came to end in Glenwood last Tuesday.
Glenwood, losers of its previous four games, met Atlantic, winners of six straight, met in a Hawkeye 10 Conference match up.
I guess something had to give as Glenwood held on late with clutch free throw shooting to post a 65-58 victory over the Trojans and end their four game skid.
The Rams (10-10 overall, 9-8 in the conference) shot 17-for-21 at the line and 54 percent from the field in the win.
Glenwood’s Cole Darrow led all scorers with 22 points. Taylor Kaufman added 20 points and Cory Simms 13.
Atlantic was led by Jordan Holmes with 19 points.