The Glenwood boys basketball team overcame a “junk defense” and a slow start to post a 56-30 victory over Clarinda on Friday.
The Rams (8-6 overall, 7-5 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference) faced a Cardinal 1-3 zone with the fifth defender face-guarding leading-scorer Cole Darrow most of the night. While the Cardinals’ defense held Darrow to just five points, 12 points below his average, the rest of the Rams stepped up on offense.
Taylor Kaufman led three Rams in double-figures with 12 points. Cory Simms added 11 and Kyle Wheeler and Josh DeYoung chipped in 10 and nine, each, respectively.
“We’ve seen a lot of different defenses to take Cole out of the game on the perimeter and Cory inside. But this was a junk defense we weren’t ready for,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte. “It took us some time to adjust (to the defense) but when we did I was real proud of the kids. We did a nice job against it for not having seen it before.”
After leading just 8-6 after a quarter, Glenwood led 26-14 at the half. After Clarinda closed the gap to as few as 10 in the third quarter, the Rams exploded in the fourth quarter on a 21-10 run.
“They were down so they had to come out of their defense and we responded,” said Schulte.
As happy as Schulte was with his team’s balanced scoring he was just as pleased with their defense in holding Clarinda to a season-low 30 points.
“I was very happy with that,” said Schulte. “Our defense has been really strong lately. When you hold a team to 30 points you’re doing something right.”
Cole Darrow hit six three- pointers and scored 28 points to lead Glenwood to a 59-40 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over Shenandoah last Tuesday.
Rams’ coach Curt Schutle said his team started slowly but played “three pretty strong quarters of basketball” against the Mustangs.
“We got everybody in the game and played pretty well in about every phase,” said Schulte.
Cory Simms scored 12 points inside for Glenwood. Taylor Kaufman added nine and Josh DeYoung six.
Adam Heslinga led Shenandoah with 13 points.