TABOR - An aggressive Glenwood defense and an 11-2 run to open the fourth quarter proved the difference for the Rams basketball team in a 60-44 victory over Fremont-Mills last Tuesday.
The Rams held the Knights to 32 percent (17-of-53) shooting from the field and forced 16 turnovers mixing a full court trap and half court man-to-man pressure.
“We preach in practice about getting deflections and getting big on defense and I think we did a good job of wing pressure that made it hard for them to get into their offense,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte after the win.
In the first half, Glenwood led 14-6 after a quarter and by as many as 10 in the second quarter. After the Knights trimmed the lead to 25-21 with just under two minutes to go in the half, point guard Kyle Wheeler nailed his third three-pointer of the half and added a pair of free throws to put the Rams back out in front 30-21 at the break.
Glenwood opened the third frame on a 12-6 run to pull ahead 42-27 with just over three minutes to go. The Knights briefly trimmed the lead to 12 to end the quarter but would get no closer. A Taylor Kaufman three-pointer and six straight points from Cole Darrow put the Rams firmly in control with its biggest lead of the game at 53-32 with 4:34 remaining.
After some tentative shooting by both teams to open the game, Glenwood seemed to settle, attacking the rim and causing a headache for the Knight defense with its dribble penetration.
“We want to get to the glass and get to the free throw line,” said Schulte. “And I thought we did that. We got them in foul trouble and took advantage of that. I just wished we would have shot it a little better at the free throw line.”
The Rams went to the line 33 times but made just 18.
“We are a good free throw shooting team but unfortunately tonight, it didn’t look that way,” said Schulte. “But that’s what we want to do. We want to get to the free throw line and get the other team in foul trouble.”
Fremont-Mills coach Matt Thompson attributes most of his team’s offensive woes to a sharp Glenwood defensive effort and to getting down by double-digits.
“Our offensive execution was poor, which contributed to some of our turnover problem. Credit Glenwood with that. They play great half-court defense,” said Thompson. “We got it down to four or six (points) and went on a five minute drought. When we started to have a hard time scoring is when we really needed to execute. And I thought instead we hit the panic button and had people trying to force the issue and do too much as individuals, rather than letting the game come to them.“
Darrow, after scoring 26 in the Rams’ season opening victory over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, scored eight of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter after struggling to find his touch the first three quarters.
“He was off a little bit,” said Schulte of his senior guard. “He had a big game against T.J. with 26 (points) and tonight I thought he got good looks but unfortunately a lot of them went in and out.”
Wheeler and Kaufman each added 14 for Glenwood. Kaufman also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
Nate Meier led Fremont-Mills with 16 points and Derrian Bredberg added eight.
Cole Darrow scored a game-high 26 points and the Glenwood boys basketball team improved to 3-0 with a 55-41 Hawkeye 10 Confrence victory over Atlantic on Friday.
The Rams (3-0 overall, 1-0 in the conference) made a season-high 10 –of-26 three points and turned the ball over just 13 times on an efficient offensive night.
Darrow connected on 10-of-20 shots, including 5-of-9 three pointers to match his season-high 26 point total. Taylor Kaufman added 13 points and nine rebounds.
C.B. Thomas Jefferson 48
The Glenwood got a game-high 26 points from Cole Darrow in an 81-48 season-opening victory over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson last Tuesday.
The Rams used a 22-8 run to close out the first half to pull away in the win. Glenwood then out-scored the Yellowjackets 35-19 after halftime.
Taylor Kaufman added 17 for the Rams and Elliot Lincoln chipped in with 12 points in the win.
Brian Collinson led Thomas Jefferson with 12 points.