Luke Eblen’s layup with :02 left completed a comeback from down 16 points for Creston in a 57-55 victory over the Glenwood boys basketball team on Friday.
The Rams (4-1 overall, 1-1 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference) led 31-21 and 47-31 midway through the third quarter before the Panthers’ rallied. The Rams’ lead was shaved to 48-41 at the end of the third frame.
“We felt pretty good with our lead and how we were playing but then they hit some three’s and they’re right back in it,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte.
In the fourth, the Panthers’ kept rallying and Glenwood kept the door open. Up 55-52 with 16 seconds to go in the game, Colby Taylor nailed a three-pointer to knot the score for the first time since the opening minutes of the game. On the very next possession, Glenwood turned the ball over, the Panthers’ Eblen snagged it and layed in the game winner.
“It’s tough,” said the coach. “Our kids are competitors. They feel like they should be 5-0 right now but they know they didn’t execute down the stretch the way they needed to. But we’re a strong group, we’ll be ready for this week.”
Schulte said his team’s allowing the Panthers to get back into the game was due to several things, not the least of which was untimely turnovers and 3-of-15 shooting at the free throw line.
“We make some of those (free throws) it’s a different ball game,” said Schulte. “But our kids battled, we just could pull it out. We let this one slip away.”
Cole Darrow led Glenwood with 26 points. While eight different Rams scored in the game Darrow was the only one in double figures.
“In our wins we had good balance, three guys in double figures,” said Schulte. “Yes, we had eight guys score but we didn’t get the balance.”
Lourdes C.C. 27
After a slow start and 20 first half points the Glenwood boys exploded on 24-7 third quarter run to pull away for a 68-27 victory over Nebraska City Lourdes Central Catholic last Tuesday.
“We turned in up in the second half,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte. “Our tempo, our defense in both the half and full court was good. It turned into a big lead in a hurry. We went from up six to 25 in a few minutes it seemed like.”
The Rams (4-0 overall, 1-0 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference) shot 49.1 percent from the field (28-of-57) grabbed 16 steals on the defensive end.
Cole Darrow led Glenwood with 19 points. Taylor Kaufman added 11 points and six rebounds. Matt Schulz and Drake Ruth added eight and seven points each, respectively.