WALKERTON — John Glenn’s boys hit the hardwood ready to play after the half. The Lady Falcons didn’t.
Glenn took a 29-23 lead into halftime but couldn’t hold on as the Lady Lions went on a 14-2 run to take a double-digit lead with 2:34 to go, then held on for a 53-44 win in the opener, while Glenn came alive after a bumpy 23-14 start in the first half of the boys game to surge past Bremen 49-38 Northern State Conference win on Homecoming Night at John Glenn.
Glenn 49, Bremen 38
Following a nearly month-long holiday layover and a disappointing NSC loss at Triton Wednesday, the Falcons got off to an ice-cold 2-for-12 start from the field and hit the locker room down 23-14 to Bremen.
Glenn cranked up the tempo in the second half, however, surging past Bremen with an 11-6 third quarter and never looking back for the rebound victory.
“It’s just one of those things where you’ve got to get back into a rhythm of playing, and we’re struggling to do that right now,” said Glenn boys basketball head coach Travis Hannah.
“I think it’s just a confidence issue right now, and we’re not in any kind of a rhythm on either end of the floor. The only way you can get back into that rhythm is to play and get a little bit of momentum going. You saw that in the second half. It still wasn’t pretty, but it was better because we were in a little bit better rhythm.”
A big part of that rhythm was the play of star guard Josh Anderson, who scored 14 of his game-high 16 points in the second half, and forward Aaron Stegemiller, who put up eight of his 11 points for the night after the break.
“That’s what needs to happen, but our biggest concern is we’ve got to get contributions from other people,” said Hannah. “Right now we’re a one-trick pony. We come out and that one trick gets shut down, and we don’t have any answers right now. We’ve got to find answers.”
Bremen coughed up 12 of its 22 total turnovers in the second half and struggled to maintain its own offensive rhythm as the Lions were held to just 5 of 15 shots as Glenn picked up the pace.
“We executed the game plan to perfection in the first half, and having a team like John Glenn up nine at their place, holding them to 14 points, we did exactly what we worked on all week in practice,” said Bremen head coach Kyle Hanyzewski. “Credit them for making halftime adjustments. Their pressure got to us in the second half. The pressure that we were able to pass around, dribble around in the first half, got to us in the second half, and we started making mistakes.
“We made them play our game in the first half, and they made us play their game in the second half, and I think it proved that we play that kind of a game for a reason.”
Point guard Ben Hueni powered the Lions offense in the first half, knocking down his shots at a 5-of-6 rate for 12 first half points on his way to 14 at the contest.
“He’s been shooting the ball really well in practice,” Hanyzewski said. “As a matter of fact, just before we came over here he was shooting and feeling pretty confident about it. Times that we shoot the ball well in practice, we ask the guys to carry that over into the game, and he certainly did that today.”
• JOHN GLENN 49,
Bremen: 13 23 29 38
Glenn: 9 14 35 49
BREMEN (38): Ben Hueni 14, J.J. Schafer 7, Jacob Box 6, Josh Brenneman 2, Jesse Glingle 0, Ty Holmes 2, Austin Huff 4, Mitch Huppert 0, Ethan Pike 3, Michael Ricketts 0; Totals: 16 2-4 38.
GLENN (49): Josh Anderson 16, Charles Dreessen 0, Carsen Heim 8, Jordan Hesters 1, Tom Knape 3, Trey Rhodes 3, Brock Solmos 7, Aaron Stegemiller 11, Jon Stewart; Totals: 11 24-35 49.
3-point goals: Bremen 4 (Hueni 2, Box 2), Glenn 3 (Solmos 2, Heim); Turnovers: Bremen 22, Glenn 7; Fouls (fouled out): Bremen 21 (Box), Glenn 13 (none); Records: Bremen 1-9, 0-3 NSC; Glenn 5-4, 2-1 NSC.