It may not have been a wake up call exactly that the Glenwood basketball team needed after down early 12-5 to Red Oak but something woke his team up following the Tigers' third straight three-pointer, said Coach Curt Schulte.
The Rams responded from that early deficit to score the next 23 points and go on to win 70-47 in a Hawkeye 10 Conference title in Glenwood on Friday.
“That the was the difference,” said Schulte after the game. “They came out red hot three or four in a row using a little skip pass to get past our pressure and they were knocking those shots down. And we figured they couldn't do that the whole game but they came out firing but I thought we re-grouped pretty well, our pressure created turnovers and I thought we attacked pretty well and were able to get that 23-0 run.”
In the decisive first quarter, the Rams' two leading scorers, Cole Darrow and Taylor Kaufman combined for 21 of the Rams” 28 points. The pair finished with a combined 45 points and 24 rebounds.
“They're a great combo and they work well together,” said Schulte of his two leading scorers. “They're a great tandem to have and a lot of other guys stepped up. I thought Drake (Ruth) played great defense and Michael (Lawler) played had some good put backs and Kyle (Wheeler) ran the offense and didn't have any turnovers and the bench play was great. Everybody contributed.”
After Glenwood took a 14-point lead into the second quarter, the Tigers responded with a mini-run of their own to trim the halftime deficit to just 38-31 at the break following Gustavo Rodrigues' steal and layup.
But the Tigers couldn't sustain their hot shooting while the Rams ratcheted up their defense. A 6-0 Glenwood run to put them out in front 51-35 with 2:48 to go in the third quarter. While the Tigers would make a brief run to cut the Rams' lead to 10 in the waning minutes of the quarter, Glenwood still led 54-41 to start the final frame.
A 7-0 Glenwood run, capped by Kyle Wheeler's driving layup, extended the Rams' lead to 63-43 with just over four minutes to go. Red Oak would get no closer down the stretch.
In the final quarter Glenwood outscored the Tigers 16-6 and for the game held a dominating rebounding advantage.
“I thought this was our best rebounding night of the year, overall this might have been our most complete game of the year,” said Schulte. “We shot free throws fairly well. We played good defense, we only gave up six points in the fourth quarter and we had a big edge in rebounding so I'm please. They're a good ball club and we played a solid four quarters.”
Kaufman's 24 points and 14 rebounds and Darrow's 21 points and 10 rebounds is the first time this season two Glenwood players have eclipsed the 20-point, 10 rebound mark in the same game.
Dakota White led Red Oak with 15 points.
With the win Glenwood, 9-4 overall and 6-3 in the conference, take a two-game lead in the Hawkeye 10 Conference Southern Division.
“I like where we are. Depending on how some other games turn out, we could end the night in sole possession of second place in the conference,” said Schulte. “I'm very pleased. We have a tough week ahead of us but I think we got a lot of momentum rolling.”
The Glenwood boys basketball team defeated Creston 69-67 in a Hawkeye Ten South match last Tuesday.
The Rams (8-4 overall, 5-3 in the conference) were led by Cole Darrow with 25 points and, Taylor Kaufman with 22.
Creston was led be Evin Scadden and Chase Blazek with 16 points each.