Reisz’ big night lifts Cyclones over Rams

Towards the end of the third quarter in Thursday’s home game, Senior Cyclone Franz Reisz put his team up 11 points with a jump shot forcing a timeout from Glenwood Rams head coach Curt Schulte en route to an eventual 57-43 victory.

“It feels good especially since we lost last time,” Reisz said. “Our team has been gelling together really well, and playing really good defensive ball.”

Reisz opened the game dropping the first shot, giving the Cyclones an early 2-0 lead. But the Rams responded right away with a 5-0 run on a 3-pointer from Senior Kayden Anderson and a mid-range shot from Junior Ayden Gibson.

Reisz answered back with a shot in which he was fouled, adding the extra point, and tying the game at five. Following Reisz’ bucket, both teams exchanged shots with the final one coming from Cade Sears giving the Cyclones a 10-8 lead heading into the second quarter.

Reisz continued his dominance opening the second quarter with another basket, but the Rams answered back with a shot from Sophomore Jack Johnson. The Cyclones later expanded their lead when Senior Will Arkfeld made back-to-back buckets giving the Cyclones a 21-13 lead.

Senior Cyclone Brehden Eggerss later came down court and launched a 3-point shot putting his team up 10. The Rams managed to sink a few more shots from Gibson and Anderson clawing their way back into the game, but the Cyclones took a 7-point lead into the half with the final shot on a 3-pointer from Arkfeld.

“We really just said we’ve got to come out the first three minutes, and we didn’t get on them real good,” said Cyclone Head Coach Mitch Osborn. “We really just wanted to expand the lead, and I think we were up 11 at the end of the third quarter.”

Junior Ram Drew Schroeder opened the third quarter with a shot from 3-point range cutting the Cyclone lead to four points. However, the Cyclones responded back with shots from Sears, Eggerss and Reisz going on a 9-0 run, followed by free throws from Reisz and Arkfeld taking a 43-32 lead into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair with multiple Cyclones contributing on the offensive end of the floor with Reisz finishing with 21 points in the game, as the Cyclones earned their 9th win of the season, and the Rams suffered their 8th loss.

“I’m very proud,” Osborn said. “We’re as healthy as we’ve been all year. You see the difference having Brehden Eggerss out there. That helps so much, and Cade Sears can play everywhere. Franz was unstoppable tonight, and he hit his free throws, 9 for 11.”

The Cyclones return to action Friday night on the road at 7:30 p.m. taking on the 4-8 Creston Panthers. The Panthers are led by Jake Hoyt averaging 18.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, along with Cael Turner averaging 3.4 assists per game.

“We just need to keep on doing what we’re doing,” Reisz said. “Keep on getting after them, and being more physical.”



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