Glencoe boys outlast crosstown Century 42-38
Minus one of their best players and after spotting the visiting Jaguars an eight point lead, Glencoe — by way of tenacious defense and timely shooting — defeated Century 42-38 Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Glencoe High School.
In a battle of crosstown rivals, it was really a battle of two halves, as the Jaguars jumped out to an early lead and maintained it throughout the third quarter before being overtaken by the Tide midway through the fourth. Glencoe's bench provided a much-needed spark, using fresh legs to provide the pressure necessary to stifle the Century offense, holding the Jags to just 20 points over the final three quarters.
"We've really been selling defensive intensity to the guys, and I thought we were able to put their guards in some bad spots and turn them over," said Glencoe head coach Josh McInnis. "It really allowed us to get some extra possessions."
Glencoe played without starting point guard and key contributor Sam Gerber, who missed the game due to illness. But the Tide weren't without standout posts Daniel Warner and Matthew Hancock, who combined for 27 of the team's 48 points while grabbing 11 rebounds.
"Those guys did a great job," said McInnis. "Daniel had a tough first half, but Matt stepped up for us and Daniel was great in those last couple quarters."
Century was tough in the opening minutes, getting early baskets from junior Daniel Berger. The 6-foot-5 forward appeared headed for a big night, hitting three quick shots, including one from well behind the three-point arc.
"That kid (Berger) is tough," said McInnis. "The first couple possessions the ball didn't touch the rim and I was thinking we could be in for a long night. But we told the guys, 'basketball is a game of runs and we're going to have ours.' And they did a good job of sticking with things."
And it worked.
After trailing by eight after one quarter, the Tide trailed by just two at the half thanks to a seven point run to end the second. Century built the lead back to seven midway through the third by way of five straight points from senior Brayden Johnson. But Glencoe got a free throw from Evan Baldonado, and a bucket plus a three-point play from Warner to end the third, leaving the Tide trailing just 30-29 headed to the final stanza.
Strangely silent throughout was 6-foot-10 Century big man Josh Walkenhorst, who tallied just two points while pulling down seven boards. The senior didn't get a lot of looks in the paint, and Glencoe's Warner and Hancock did a nice job keeping him off the boards for easy put backs.
"We know he's a load and if he gets the ball down low it's over, so we just tried to push him out and muddy the lanes for the guards to get it to him," said McInnis. "He's so long and has gotten so much better since last year. We really tried to make it hard on him, and I give our guys credit for doing that."
The Jaguars took the lead back on a Berger three-pointer, but Hancock quickly tied it with a score from the low block, and when reserve guard Dylan Brauer hit a three of his own to give the Tide a 36-33 lead with just over three minutes remaining, Glencoe would never look back.
"Our guards have really been playing well for most of the year, and we challenged those guys to be effective rebounding the ball in the second half," McInnis said. "And they did, and it probably made the difference."
Glencoe fell to Aloha Jan. 5 by a score of 45-43 and was scheduled to host Liberty Jan. 10.
Century was off last Friday but was hosted Sunset Jan. 10, after the Tribune's press deadline.