There weren’t any lasting effects from a conference championship win in the Omaha Roncalli gym Monday night as the River Cities Conference champion routed Glenwood (Iowa) for a 77-50 boys basketball victory.
Two days after defeating Elkhorn Mount Michael for the RCC title, the Crimson Pride could have been excused if they wouldn’t have played their best ball against the Rams. Following a Sunday practice session, Roncalli coach J.J. Stoffel knew that wouldn’t be a concern.
“Our kids have done a great job all year of keeping the ‘next game, next play’ mentality,” Stoffel said. “They did a great job with a short turnaround of being locked in. They prepped hard for Glenwood.”
That was easy for the estimated crowd of 600 at Roncalli to see, especially as the Class B No. 3 Pride steadily pulled away in the second half.
Glenwood led just once, at 6-5 in the first quarteron a 3-point basket from Ryan Leath less than two minutes into the game. The 13-2 Pride scored the next eight points for a 13-6 lead as Roncalli built an 11-point lead and led 22-13 heading into the second quarter.
Roncalli’s balanced scoring shined in the first quarter as five players scored, with Taiden Red and Jack Dotzler getting six points apiece.
The Rams showed no signs of folding in the second quarter. Glenwood cut its deficit to four points early in the period and to five in the final minute after Roncalli had built its advantage back to 10 before heading into intermission leading 36-28.
Glenwood coach Curt Schulte stressed the importance of getting off to a good start in the second half to the 11-3 Rams.
“We really talked about at halftime that the first 4-5 minutes were going to be crucial in the second half,” Schulte said. “We needed to go on a run (but) we let them go on that run and just struggled to get back into it.”The Rams twice got within six points in the first 90 seconds of the third quarter, but it was the Crimson Pride who blew the game open with a 10-0 run in a stretch of 1:49 that put Roncalli ahead 48-32.
Roncalli added five more points to that lead in the final four minutes as six players combined to outscore the Rams 28-15 in the third quarter to take a 64-43 lead into the fourth quarter.
There wasn’t much scoring in the final eight minutes as the Rams sent Roncalli to the foul line six times in the final 6:17. The Pride made 11 of their 12 attempts and only took four shots from the field.
Alex Rodgers led four Crimson Pride players in double figures with 18 points. Jack Dotzler chipped in 17, Shane Orr had 13 and Taiden Red finished with 12 on four 3-point baskets. Zach Carr led Glenwood with 23 points.
Roncalli has three days to prepare for its Friday game at Omaha Gross. After the strong finish Monday, there might be a moment or two to appreciate the conference crown the Crimson Pride earned.
“Once they saw that they were on their game and realized they had that edge, our guys turned it up and finished out strong,” Stoffel said. “I was very proud of the way they handled everything.”
Glenwood (11-3)………..13 15 15 7—50
At Om. Roncalli (13-2)…….22 14 28 13—77
G: Zach Carr 9-17 5-6 23, Ryan Leath 1-4 1-2 4, Christian Stanislav 4-8 3-4 12, Ryan Blum 3-11 0-0 6, Jack Hughes 0-2 2-2 2, Dax Lappala 0-4 1-2 1, Cade Van Ness 0-3 0-0 0, Nate Hughes 1-2 0-0 0. Totals-18-52 12-16 50.
OR: Alex Rodgers 6-12 3-3 18, Taiden Red 4-8 0-0 12, Jack Dotzler 5-7 7-8 17, Shane Orr 5-11 2-2 13, Jake Orr 2-3 0-0 4, Noah Stickrod 3-6 1-2 7, Mitch Hines 1-2 2-2 5, Ben Schott 0-2 1-2 1. Totals-26-48 16-19 77.
3-point goals: G 4-17 (Leath 1-3, Stanislav 1-3, Blum 0-4, J. Hughes 0-1, Lappala 0-3, Van Ness 0-1, N. Hughes 0-1, Palmer 0-1), OR 9-18 (Rodgers 3-5, Red 4-7, S. Orr 1-3, J. Orr 0-1, Hines 1-2). Total fouls: G 20, OR 14. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None. Turnovers: G 7, OR 9. Rebounds: G 20 (Blum 5), OR 32 (Dotzler 10). Field goal percentage: G .346, OR .542. Free throw percentage: G .750, OR .842. A-600 (est.)