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Strong second half lifts Atlantic over Glenwood

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

   Glenwood took the lead briefly in the third quarter but couldn’t hold on as Class ranked No. 4 Atlantic out-scored the Rams’ 34-18 over the final 12:15 of the game to post a 58-43 Hawkeye 10 Conference boys basketball victory before a reporter-estimated 500 in Glenwood.
    “It was a slugfest,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte after the game. “That is a darn good team. They’ve been starting for three years together and they’re ranked fourth in the state. We knew it was going to be a battle but I was proud of our guys. We fought tooth and nail and we’re right there with the lead in the third quarter. But the fourth quarter belonged to them.”
    The Rams (1-1 overall, 0-1 in the conference) had trouble containing the Trojans’ inside game, surrendering five layups over the game’s first five minutes. But with guard Grant May hounding Atlantic leading scorer Dalton Franken for much of the first half, Glenwood trailed just 19-16 at the break.
    Franken, a returning all-conference first team pick, was held to just four first half point thanks to May, who was giving up five inches in height to the 6-foot-6 forward.
    Glenwood came out hot in the second half. A jumper by Corey Bertini and a layup by Jake Radcliff off a nifty May assist, gave the Rams their first lead of the game at 25-24 with just over four   minutes   to go in   third quarter.
    The lead would be the Rams’ one and only lead of the game.
    A pair of free throws and a layup by Franken pushed the Trojans back in front 28-25. Atlantic closed the frame on a 11-2 run to take a 35-27 lead. Glenwood never seemed to recover.
    In the fourth, Glenwood got back-to-back layups by J.J. Hahn to trim the lead 40-33 and had the ball with a chance to trim the lead further but May’s three-pointer clanged off. On the ensuing possession, Franken was fouled on a lay up, hit the free throw and put the Trojans’ lead back to 10 with 4:37 to go.
    Glenwood never got the lead below double-digits the rest of the way.
    “We gave them a lot of second opportunities,” Schulte said of the final quarter and a half. “Whenever you give a team of the caliber second opportunities, it hurts. I thought for the most part we did a good job rebounding, they did get an edge on us 30-23 but we just gave up to many offensive rebounds. We can’t give good teams second opportunities like that.”
Franken keyed the Trojans’ all night. The wing scored 18 of his game-high 22 points after halftime. He also grabbed seven rebounds and
    “We were able to lock him up early,” Schulte said. “I thought Grant did a fantastic job the first 16 minutes. Grant ended up picking up a few fouls so he had to lay off a little bit and Dalton just took advantage of that.”
    Schulte and the Rams will have to waiting until Jan. 22 for a re-match with the Trojans.
    “We’re excited,” Schulte said of his team’s re-match prospects. We’re putting things together. We have some young kids who haven’t played and we some experienced kids. We’re only going to continue to get better. This is a good measuring stick of where we’re at. We’re right in the hunt of things.”
    Tyler Jensen led the Rams with 13 points. Hahn added 10 and May seven before fouling out.

Glenwood 78,
Thomas Jefferson 52
    The Glenwood boys basketball team blew open a 11-11 game after a quarter, out-scoring Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 67-41 over the final three quarters to post a 78-52 season-opening victory on the road last Tuesday.
Ten different Rams scored in the win, led by J.J. Hahn’s game-high 20 points.  Grant May and Corey Bertini added 19 and 17 points each, respectively.
Brian Collinson paced T.J. with 19 points.