Substate Final- Atlantic vs. Glenwood
7:00 PM Harlan, Iowa
18-5 Atlantic (colors black and gold)
18-5 Glenwood (colors black and gold)
Tonight a trip to the Wells Fargo Arena is on the line. Win and advance to the state tournament. Glenwood and Atlantic will travel to Harlan, Iowa to play against each other for the third time this season. The Trojans have won both match-ups this season by a combined eleven points. (72-67 at Atlantic, 68-62 at Glenwood)
Everyone should know Senior Trojan Garrett Franken by now. Franken stands 6’7” (signed to Play D1 basketball at North Dakota) and is a flat out scorer. Garrett Franken is currently leading Class 3A in scoring with 554 total points on the season and second in points per game with 24.1. Tonight Franken and Glenwood’s Junior Guard Nate Mohr can go basket for basket. Mohr who is currently third in Class 3A in three pointers made at 71 had a great showing against the Trojans back in January. Mohr scored 32 points on the Trojans while making 8-15 from three point range.
6’6” Junior Scott Leonard will be a tough guard for Glenwood. Leonard who plays an old school game is at best with his back to the basket. Leonard scored a team high 22 points against Glenwood back on January 10th. Leonard shot 60% (9-15) from the floor and grabbed 11 rebounds (9 defensive) against the Rams.
In both wins this season Atlantic has assisted on 12 and 17 baskets. The Trojans move the ball well side to side and inside-out against their opponents. Atlantic can get cold on offense and when they have this season they lose. Atlantic has five losses on the season. They lost three in a row back in late December (home vs. Kuemper 67-73, at St. Albert 62-84, at Harlan 71-74). Lewis Central beat the Trojans in Atlantic 63-69 on January 13th and the Trojans last lost on February 2nd at Carroll Kuemper 57-72.
Atlantic like Glenwood has played the first two rounds of postseason play at home. In round one the Trojans defeated Winterset 58-45. Garrett Franken scored 25 points in the win going 11-17 from the floor while grabbing 11 rebounds. Scott Leonard scored 16 points going 7-7 from the floor. In round two Atlantic defeated ADM 68-46. Scott Leonard was the leading scorer for Atlantic with 24 points shooting 10-14. Garrett Franken also had a great game scoring 22 points shooting 7-12. The Trojans grabbed 34 rebounds in their win over ADM.
Glenwood is also 18-5 heading into this substate-final match-up. The Rams defeated Denison 64-36 in round one of postseason play and Carroll 68-53 in the second.
Glenwood and Atlantic are 7th and 8th in Class 3A in point differential per game at 14.8 and 13.3. That won’t be the case tonight as I expect this game to be close and right down to the wire. Last year Glenwood defeated Atlantic 63-61 in the district final after being down twenty points. The Trojans went into halftime with a 32-12 lead. Glenwood scored 51 points in the second half to advance to the substate-final where they lost to Perry 73-71.
Tonight their rivalry continues and the stakes are higher this time around. Glenwood is playing their best ball of the season right now. The Rams have won 13-14 games with their only loss against an opponent from the state of Iowa was Atlantic back on January 10th.
In order for Glenwood to win I believe the Rams will need to stop either Franken or Leonard. Franken is almost always going to get his buckets so I would suggest Glenwood keys on Scott Leonard. The post player has been on a roll lately and will have the height advantage over Glenwood. Second chance points will be huge for Atlantic. Glenwood will need to find a man as soon as the shot goes up and box out the tall and athletic Trojans. Glenwood’s Junior Nate Kennedy is shooting with confidence as of late and I look for him to knock down some early three points. Mohr, Blum, and Stanislav will need to rise up tonight and I believe they will. Glenwood shoots well and will defeat Atlantic 64-63 after a late free throw by the Rams.
Good luck tonight Glenwood! Play together, play smart, win the day!
*All fans from Glenwood going to the game are being asked to wear black. Drive safe everyone! I will be broadcasting the game tonight! (audio only)
5’10” Sophomore Chase Mullenix- 6.5 pts/g, 42 steals
6’6” Junior Austin Alexander- 12 pts/g, 46% 3-pointers, 98 assists, 24 steals, 17 blocks
6’7” Senior Garrett Franken - 24 pts/g, 50 steals, 45 blocks, 208 rebounds, 80 assists
6’4” Junior Grant Podhajsky- 5.5 pts/g, 37% 3 pointers, 100 rebounds, 23 steals, 9 blocks
6’6” Junior Scott Leonard- 15 pts/g, 188 rebounds, 23 steals, 16 blocks
Glenwood vs. Atlantic Rivalry back to the year 2012-13 season
Regular Season Head to Head
2016-17 Atlantic 2 Glenwood 0
2015-16 Atlantic 1 Glenwood 1
2014-15 Atlantic 2 Glenwood 0
2013-14 Atlantic 0 Glenwood 2
2012-13 Atlantic 2 Glenwood 0
Post Season Play between Glenwood and Atlantic
2015-16 Glenwood 63 Atlantic 61
2014-15 Glenwood 70 Atlantic 69
2013-14 Glenwood 65 Atlantic 55
Atlantic vs. Glenwood archive from 1/10/2017