The Glenwood boys basketball team shot a season-high 60 percent from the field and had four players score in double-figures in a 86-33 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over Shenandoah on Friday.
Glenwood coach Curt Schulte said the Rams (3-3 overall, 3-2 in the conference) may have had their best offensive night of the season with 83 points, it was the defense his team played that was the real difference.
“We ran some 1-2-2 press and some man-to-man pressure and they had a real hard time with it,” said Schulte. “They struggled to get shots off and we were able to get out early on them.”
The Rams jumped out to a 26-7 lead in the first quarter and outscored the Mustangs 53-17 over the next 16 minutes. Glenwood also held a 38-23 rebounding edgd.
“We played pretty well,” said Schulte. “Anytime you can shoot it well, get five guys in double-figures and have 11 kids score you’re playing pretty well.”
Kirk Porter led Glenwood with 17 points, connecting on five three-pointers. Robby King added 14, Cory Simms 12, Cole Darrow 11 and Nate Lincoln 10.
Schulte credits his team’s offensive explosion to a renewed effort to “clean up some things in practice” and rely more on a strong inside game. The effort seems to be paying off as the Rams have won three straight games after starting the year 0-3.
“We’ve talked all season about being balanced and not relying too much on jump shots and getting the ball inside more,” said Schulte. “These last three wins we’ve had at least three kids score in double figures in each one. You get that kind of balance and good things happen.”
Casey Wright led Shenandoah with 19 points.
Red Oak 33
Glenwood overcame a slow start to outscore Red Oak 56-23 over the final three quarters in a 71-33 victory last Tuesday.
“We did get off to a slow start but we shot it better as the game went on and we really controlled this one from second quarter on,” said Schulte.
All 11 Rams who played scored at least one point, led by Robby King and Nate Lincoln with 12 points each.
Cole Darrow added 11 points, followed by Dylan Blankenship and Bo Darrow, who chipped in eight points each.
The Rams’ defense held the Tigers to 26.6 percent shooting (12-of-45) on the night.
Matt Goracke led the Tigers with 15 points.