With career 1,100-point scorer Andrew Blum sidelined by injury, Glenwood turned to a freshman Friday to stay unbeaten.
Meet Ryan Blum, Andrew’s younger brother.
Ryan Blum scored the go-ahead basket with 16 seconds remaining, lifting the Rams to a 57-55 Hawkeye Ten Conference win at Carroll Kuemper.
“Our kids just have really a will to win,” Glenwood coach Curt Schulte said. “They just find a way to get it done. Playing the No. 10-ranked team in the state (in one poll) on their home court without Andrew and to come out with a win, it says a lot about our kids and their heart and desire. They really showed a lot of grit up there.”
Glenwood, up to No. 2 in the Associated Press Class 3-A state poll released Monday, improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the Hawk-10. The Rams remain atop The World-Herald’s Class 4-A/3-A western Iowa ratings, while Kuemper (6-4, 3-2) drops a spot to third on the 2-A/1-A list behind Council Bluffs St. Albert and Treynor. The ratings reflect play through Sunday.
Andrew Blum, a 6-foot-4 senior forward who will play football at Northwest Missouri State, and 6-3 senior point guard Nate Mohr have eclipsed the 1,100-point mark in their Glenwood careers and are the top two scorers in school history.
The older Blum, who is averaging 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds, rolled his left ankle at the team’s first post-Christmas practice on Dec. 27 and was placed in a boot. He was out of the boot Monday, but it has yet to be determined when he’ll return.
With time running down in a 55-55 game against Kuemper, the play Schulte had called bogged down, so Ryan Blum drove to the basket from the left elbow. The ball was clipped out of his hands as he rose for the shot, but he retrieved it and laid it in.
Kuemper misfired on its two attempts on the other end. At 6-3, the younger Blum finished with nine points and seven rebounds off the bench.
“You can just tell that Ryan has played a lot of basketball prior to this,” Schulte said. “He came in and he looked like he was real comfortable. All the guys have had to pick their game up another level with Andrew out, and I really think they’ve done that in the last two games.”
Mohr, a Wayne State recruit, had 23 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals in the win. The younger Blum led the way with 15 points in Glenwood’s 79-23 rout of Clarinda on Jan. 2.
Glenwood made its first state appearance in 63 years three seasons ago, with Mohr and Andrew Blum playing key roles as freshmen. The Rams play a key conference game at second-place Atlantic (6-4, 4-1) on Tuesday.
“These kids really don’t care who gets in the limelight or who has the stats,” Schulte said. “The only stat they really care about is winning.”