Rams extend HCHS fourth-quarter woes; Cyclones fall 62-46
GLENWOOD (Feb. 1) -- Spotting Glenwood an 11-0 lead in the opening two minutes forced an uphill battle for the Harlan Community boys basketball team Friday night.
Allowing a late 17-1 run proved to be the final dagger as the Cyclones lost to the Rams 62-46 in a Hawkeye 10 matchup that did not count in the conference standings.
HCHS has now lost three straight games - two against Glenwood - during a weather-marred 14-day stretch, falling to 9-7 overall. Its league record remains 6-3.
The Cyclones struggled for offense Friday, especially in the second half, and had no player score in double digits. They shot 36.6 percent overall, made just two three-pointers in 15 tries and were outrebounded by a wide margin of 41-19, including 20 offensive boards for the Rams (12-4 overall, 6-1 H-10).
HCHS tied the game once at 29-29 with 1:39 left in the first half but never led. Jake McLaughlin’s four straight points pulled the Cyclones within 43-38 late in the third quarter, but McLaughlin soon left the game with a bloody nose and, coincidence or not, Glenwood scored 17 of the next 18 points.
The Cyclones went most of the final stanza without a field goal and twice trailed by 21, continuing a trend of fourth-quarter struggles in defeat.
“It got away from us,” said HCHS coach Mitch Osborn. “Denison [on January 24] - same scenario... I’m disappointed we only scored 46 points. We held them to only 62. You’ve got to score and we didn’t, and then (12) turnovers and their offensive rebounds - that was the difference in the game.”
Christian Stanislav, who scored 12 first-quarter points, finished with a game-high 21 (one off his average) to lead the Rams. The Cyclones’ balanced scoring ledger was paced by Michael Heithoff’s nine points and seven rebounds off the bench.
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