On what coach Curt Schulte called his team’s worst shooting night of the season, Harlan bottled up the Rams offense with a season-low in points in a 61-26 win on Friday.
“Sometimes you’ll have one or two kids off but nobody shot it well,” said Schulte of his team’s season low 26 points and 20.4 percent shooting from the field (9-of-44). “They played a 2-3 zone the whole night and they go 6-foot-7, 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-5 on the front line so they can stretch that out, contest shots and we didn’t react well. It was just one of those nights.”
The Cyclones wasted little time jumping on the Rams, getting out to a 17-8 lead after a quarter. It was more of the same in the second frame with the Cyclones extending their lead to 32-13 at the break.
In a 64-53 Jan. 3 win over the Cyclones, Glenwood was the aggressor on offense, hitting inside out with four Rams scoring in double figures and going 22-of-27 at the free throw line. On Friday, the Cyclones made more free throws (19) than the Rams shot (16) and had no individual scorer over J.J. Hahn’s seven points.
“They played man-to-man the whole game the last time we played them and a 2-3 zone this time which we thought they might do and we were prepared for, but we just did not hit the shots,” Schulte said. “We played well on defense and in a lot of areas but not shooting it. I don’t know why, but we didn’t.”
Tyler Jensen added six points for Glenwood.
Trey Lansman led Harlan with 14 points and eight rebounds. Zach Osborne added 13 and Seth Lansman 12.
Glenwood drops to 7-9 on the season and 4-6 in the conference.
The Glenwood boys basketball team had no answer for Class 3A No. 8 ranked Atlantic or leading scorer Dalton Franken in a 55-40 loss to Trojans last Tuesday.
Franken scored a game-high 22 points as the Trojans (13-2) completed the season-sweep over the Rams.
“They’re the No. 8 ranked team in the state for a reason,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte. “That’s the most athletic team we’ve played all year. You have a player in the Franken kid who is a miss-match. He can post up, work the perimeter, he’s a solid ball player and probably the best player in our conference.”
Atlantic jumped on Glenwood early, leading by a many as 20 in the first half. Franken scored 12 of his 22 in the first two quarters.
“They’re such a solid team,” Schulte said. “They not only have Franken, they have two great guards in (Chad) Christiansen and (Sam) Markham and they have good post players with (Gunnar) Blum and (Harrison) Hoegh. They’re strong. They’re physical. Give credit to them. They took us out of things with their quickness and athleticism.”
The Rams cut the Trojans lead to down to 51-40 with 2:21 to go in the game but the Rams never scored again down the stretch.
“We got the lead down, got a time out and I’m hoping we can go on one more run, our goal was to get it to single digits in the fourth quarter, and it just didn’t happen,” Schulte said. “We made a couple hard runs, we out-scored them by 4 in the second half but we dug ourselves too big of a hole. You can’t get down by 19 points to a team like that. But the kids kept fighting to the end and we made hard runs to the end.”
Grant May was the lone Ram in double-figures with 10 points. Derek Jones added eight and J.J. Hahn six.