Ram defense tames Mustangs

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Glenwood boys basketball team held Shenandoah to just two points combined in the second and third quarters en route to a 57-29 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory on Friday.

The Rams (8-7 overall, 8-5 in the conference) held the Mustangs to 9-of-40 shooting from the field (22.5 percent) and forced 15 turnovers. Glenwood also held a 40-24 rebounding edge.

“Defensively I was very happy with how we played,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte. “We got a slow start on offense but our defense kept us up and in the second half we executed better on offense and were able to extend our lead.

Kirk Porter led the Rams with a game-high 16 points. The senior guard hit two three pointers but it was his penetration and finishing at the basket that impressed his coach.

“This was probably Kirk’s best game this season,” said Schulte. “He shot it well but more than that, he took it to the hole well and attacked the basket.”

Robby King added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Glenwood and Dylan Blankenship chipped in with 10 points.

Chad Tiemeyer led Shenandoah with nine points.

Glenwood 66,

Red Oak 30

Glenwood coach Curt Schulte had a clear and distinct offensive game plan for its game with Red Oak on Tuesday night.

Get the ball to Robby King.

And boy did the Rams’ ever.

King scored 16 of the Rams’ first 26 points of the game and 18 in the first half as the Tigers struggled to match up with Glenwood on either side of the ball in a 66-30 Hawkeye 10 victory.

“We wanted to establish him and get him on track,” said Schulte of his 6-foot-5 senior center. “We were going to go continue to try and get him the ball and if he worked for it. He did a good job tonight.”

After establishing a 35-20 halftime lead the Rams bolted from the locker room determined to put the Tigers away early. The Rams started by scoring eight straight point to open the half and outscoring the Tigers 15-1 in the third quarter.

Glenwood stretched its lead to 50-21 with just less than a minute in the third quarter on Bo Darrow’s layup on a nice pass by Nate Lincoln.

Schulte said his team’s sharper execution on offense in the third quarter was nice but it was their defense was the difference that turned a 15-point lead into a rout.

“We knew we had to establish the second half. We wanted to in large that 15 point lead for the first four or five minutes and we did that. We felt if we could in large that lead that was going carry us and some good things were going to happen.”

The Rams played a variety of defenses on the night, confounding the Tigers all night and never allowing leading scorer Conrad Metz to get in a rhythm. The Tigers scored just 10 second half points and Metz finished with eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.

“We really mixed up some things tonight,” said Schulte. “We did some full court pressure, man-to-man, half court man, we threw some of our ‘black’ 1-2-2 zone at them and I think it threw them off. That’s something we’d like to do as the season progresses.”

Red Oak coach Brad Schlieman agreed the Rams were typically tough on the defensive end but his team “was an easy cover “on Tuesday.

“We knew they would be aggressive on the defensive end, that’s how they are,” said Schlieman. “At the same time we were slow. On offense we were terrible. We stood around. We were an easy cover. When you stand and you’re not aggressive a lot of teams are going to play good defense on you.

“I’m not taking anything away from Glenwood. They come after you and Coach Schulte does a a great job but we made it very easy for them, that’s what’s so disappointing.”

Glenwood shot a season-best 60.4 percent from the field (29-of-48) and out rebounded the Tigers 36 to 18.

King finished with a game-high 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked five shots. As good as King played, Schulte was just as happy with the production he got off the bench from senior forward Bo Darrow. The 6-foot-2 Dana College football recruit scored a career-high 10 points and snagged seven rebounds while playing aggressive defense.

“He’s continuing to get better and better as the year progresses,” said Schulte of Bo Darrow. “Defensively he was big and he got a lot of rebounds for us. He’s really coming along.”

JV boys split pair of games

Glenwood’s junior varsity boys basketball teams split a pair of games last week.

On Friday, Jan. 23, the Rams dropped a 53-43 contest at Carroll Kuemper. Coach Chad Van Kley said the effort was outstanding, but the Rams were rebounded and that played a key role in the loss.

Josh DeYoung led the Rams with 20 points. Rounding out the scoring were Josh Matthews with seven, Drake Ruth with five, three each for Nate Lincoln, Kyle Wheeler and Taylor Kaufman, and Nick Wells with two.

The Rams got back in the win column Tuesday, Jan. 27, with a 78-48 thumping of Red Oak in a home contest.

The Rams out-rebounded the Tigers 29-11. DeYoung and Grant Loeffelbein had five rebounds each to lead the Rams, while Matthews had four. Wheeler and Ruth each had four assists.

DeYoung led the Rams with 17 points, followed by Kaufman with 16 and Matthews with 12. Rounding out the scoring were Wheeler and Loeffelbein with six each, Lincoln with five, and four each for Ruth and Michael Lawler. Wells and Matt Schulz had three points each, while Eliot Lincoln added a point.

“We had great contributions from the entire team, with 11 players scoring,” Van Kley said.

The Rams are now 10-4 overall and 9-3 in the Hawkeye Ten Conference.