Poor shooting by the Glenwood boys basketball team and a smothering defense by Class 3A No. 1 Harlan was too much for the Rams in a 62-37 Hawkeye 10 Conference loss on Friday.
Glenwood, who had lost its previous two conference games by a combined two points in a pair of overtime contests, drops to 5-6 overall and 5-5 in the conference.
Rams’ coach Curt Schulte thought his team matched up well with the Cyclones (9-0, 8-0 in the conference) after an 8-point loss earlier this season in Harlan. But the coach admitted his team’s poor shooting didn’t allow them to compete on Friday.
“I told the kids this is one game, this season is a process, it’s a journey and this is just one game,” said Schulte. “We didn’t shoot it particularly well and their defense gave us a lot of trouble. They did a great job identifying our shooters and taking them out of the ball game.”
The Rams came out hot on the Cyclones in the first quarter, rattling off six straight points and an early 8-3 lead on the Cyclones. But the Cyclones, behind the heady play of junior point guard Michael Kaufmann, seized control in the second quarter on a 25-9 run to take a 30-17 lead at the break.
The Cyclones continued their hot shooting in the third quarter, opening the second half on a 15-5 run while Glenwood went more than five minutes without a field goal until Kirk Porter hit the Rams’ first three-pointer with just over a minute to go in the frame. At one point in the third quarter Glenwood missed on eight consecutive shots.
Harlan led 43-25 at the end of the quarter and Glenwood would get no closer over the final eight minutes.
All night the Rams had trouble containing Kaufmann’s penetration. The junior guard scored 13 points in the first half and led three Cyclones in double-figures with a game-high 22 points.
“He was big for them,” Schulte said of the speedy Kaufmann. “He could penentrate and pull up for the three and we had a tough time containing him.”
Despite the score, Schulte wasn’t disappointed with his team’s effort.
“For the most part I thought we took pretty good care of the ball and we didn’t play bad defense,” said Schulte. “They (Harlan) just played like the top team in the state that they are. They’re a good ball club. We just didn’t come out and play as well we could have. But this was a learning experience, it’s a process and I think we can learn from this.”
Robby King led Glenwood with 11 points and Cory Simms added 10.
Blair, Neb. 56,
After Glenwood rallied from a 10-point deficit to knot the score at 24-24 at the half, Blair responded with a 21-12 third quarter run to pull away in a 56-49 non-conference victory over Glenwood on Saturday in Blair, Neb.
The loss was the Rams’ fourth straight to drop them to 5-7 on the season and 5-5 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.
Robby King led Glenwood with 20 points and Kirk Porter added 12.
Steve Schubert led Blair with 17 points.
Glenwood 59 OT
Atlantic outscored Glenwood 2-1 in the overtime to post a 60-59 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over Glenwood last Tuesday.
Robby King scored 24 points for Glenwood. Cory Simms pitched in with nine points and Cole Darrow eight.
The Trojans’ Jacey Heogh scored a team-high 24 points, including the game-winning free throws in the extra frame.
JV boys defeat
Glenwood's junior varsity boys team improved to 8-2 on the season with wins at Denison and Atlantic.
The Rams defeated Denison 59-36 in a road game Friday, Jan. 9.
Nate Lincoln led the Rams with 13 points, while Josh DeYoung added 12. Rounding out the scoring were Drake Ruth with nine, Taylor Kaufman with seven, Michael Lawler with six, four each for Josh Matthews and Ian Eflin, and two each for Kyle Wheeler and Grant Loeffelbein.
A 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter helped the Rams rally to defeat Atlantic 60-42 in a home contest Tuesday, Jan. 13.
The Rams out rebounded the Trojans 38-13 in the game as strong inside play and tough defense helped key the Glenwood win.
DeYoung led the Rams with 25 points, while Kaufman added 11. Ruth and Wheeler had six points each, while Lincoln and Loeffelbein each had five. Matt Schulz added two points for the Rams.