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Rams roll in districts with 79-36 victory

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

ATLANTIC - Jacob Lewis and Corey Bertini combined for 38 points and Glenwood opened the game on a 21-5 run in a very business-like 79-36 dismantling of Winterset Monday night in the Class 3A, District 16 opening round in Atlantic.

“I felt good with our approach and focus tonight,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte after the game. “We set the tone early that first quarter and maintained that for 32 minutes.”

The Rams (13-9) used a glaring size advantage – the Huskies had no starters over 6-feet-1 – to score at will inside. Of the Rams’ first 25 points, 20 came inside the paint. Schulte said his team’s game plan started with a desire to punch the ball inside early and often.

“We had an advantage there,” Schulte said of his team’s frontcourt of 6-foot-9 Jacob Lewis, 6-foot-4 Dylan Stouder, 6-foot-4 Corey Bertini and 6-foot-7 Drew Konfrst. “And we wanted to take full advantage of that. We were the aggressors and I thought our bigs did a real good job inside and on the boards.”

Glenwood opened the game on a 14-3 run, led 21-5 at the end of the fist quarter and held the Huskies to fewer points (5) than turnovers (6) in the opening frame. The Rams led by as many as 27 in the first half.

The Glenwood lead swelled to as many as 45 in the second half before Schulte cleared his benchand played the final half of the fourth quarter with reserves. Despite playing with subs the final four minutes, the Rams closed the game on a 14-1 run.

Lewis led the Rams with a game-high 22 points.

“Jake was strong on the block tonight, he hit a couple 15 footers and he converted at the free throw line,” Schulte said of his junior center. “I thought it was an overall good game for Jake.”

Bertini finished with 16 points while Konfrst chipped in 10 and Scout Crow eight off the bench.

The Rams advance to Thursday’s district final at Shenandoah where they will face the winner of Atlantic (6-14) and Creston (11-10). Tip-off is scheduled for  7 p.m.