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Slow start dooms Rams

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Glenwood boys basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start that led to a 16-6 Council Bluffs St. Albert first quarter run in a 62-50 loss to the Falcons on Saturday.

The Rams (9-8 overall, 8-6 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference) actually started slow to open the game and the second half and it cost them, said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte.

“We get off to a slow start in the first quarter and get down 16-6 and they end up winning by 12 so it really hurt us,” said Schulte. “It’s a habit we have to get out of and put together four solid quarters.”

After trailing 16-6 after a quarter, the Rams out-scored the Falcons 18-16 in the second quarter. But to open the second half, St. Albert opened the third quarter on a 19-9 run.

“Take away those two quarters and we didn’t play bad. I really thought we played with them for most of three quarters and we did some good things,” said Schulte.

Jake Waters led the Falcons with 23 points and Steve O’Neill added 18.

“They’re the most athletic team we’ve seen,” said Schulte. “And not just their starting five. They have four really athletic kids that come off the bench. They’ll go far in (the) state (tournament).”

Cole Darrow led Glenwood with 16 points and Taylor Kaufman added 13. Cory Simms chipped in six points and eight rebounds.

Denison 61,

Glenwood 40

Denison’s strong inside game and a tough defensive effort that held Glenwood to a season-low 24-percent shooting proved the difference for the Monarchs in a 61-40 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory in Glenwood Friday.

Denison jumped on the Rams early, thanks to three straight three pointers by Matt Reitz, that gave the Monarchs a 20-9 lead after a quarter and pulled Glenwood out of its zone defense.

“They have great size in the post. They have three guys taller than our biggest guy, but Reitz was the one who really hurt us. He hit those shots and we had to get out of the zone,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte. “He doesn’t hit those, we stay with our game-plan a little a longer and in the zone and who knows. They’re a very good team.”

Glenwood managed to cut the lead to eight in the third quarter but once the Monarchs switched into a 2-3 zone of their own, the Rams struggled to adjust or hit shots.

“We couldn’t buy a bucket in the fourth quarter,” said Schulte. “We got back in it, then we struggled shooting the ball and they pulled away.”

Glenwood hit just 13-of-54 field goals (24 percent), including 6-of-23 three pointers and shot just 12 free throws, making eight, compared to the Monarchs’ 17-of-24 at the line. Denison shot 52.6 percent (20-of-38) from the field.

Cole Darrow led Glenwood with 18 points. Cory Simms added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Reitz and Brandon Scherff led the Monarchs with 18 points each. Ricky Torres added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Glenwood 70,

Red Oak 57

Cole Darrow and Taylor Kaufman combined for 47 points for the Glenwood boys basketball team in a 70-57 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over Red Oak last Tuesday.

The Rams (9-6 overall, 8-5 in the conference) built a 33-26 lead at halftime and the Tigers never got closer than 10 points in the second half. Glenwood also held a 40-16 rebounding edge and went 33-for-37 at the free throw line.

“This was a great win for us, we really dominated where we wanted to: at the free throw line and on the boards,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte.

Darrow led the Rams with 24 points.

Kaufman, who has moved into the power forward spot since Dylan Blankenship’s injury early this season, scored a career high 23 points.

“He’s really adjusted and looking and feeling more comfortable in that spot,” said Schulte

Cory Simms added 12 points for Glenwood.

Dakota White led Red Oak with a game-high 27 points.