’Cats rebound with win over Red Cloud
Published: Thursday, January 30th, 2014
They really needed that one.
Two days after getting pounded by Pine Ridge on its home court, the Custer High School basketball team snapped a modest two-game losing streak by traveling to Red Cloud and avenging an early season loss with a 67-58 win over the Crusaders.
“It was a really big win,”âï¿½ï¿½Custer head coach Larry Luitjens said.âï¿½ï¿½“We beat a team at their place that beat us earlier this year.”
Chase Glazier was the biggest reason for the win, exploding for 34 points and 12 rebounds, including a five of nine effort from three-point range and an 11 of 12 effort from the free throw line.
“That’s his best night on the boards ever and it might be his best scoring night,”âï¿½ï¿½Luitjens said.âï¿½ï¿½“He shot well.”
Free throws proved to be a large factor in the game, as the Crusaders hit only 57 percent of their attempts, while the Wildcats, who have been outstanding free throw shooters all season, hit 24 of their 28 attempts at the line.
“We’re spending more time on it. It’s a pride thing for most of them, Chase especially,”âï¿½ï¿½Luitjens said, noting Glazier would like to break former Wildcat great and Luitjens’ son, Lance’s school record for free throw percentage. “He shoots close to 100 free throws every day.”
Luitjens said the team played better defense than it has recently and, simply put, made some shots it hadn’t been making.
“You all of a sudden become a really good coach when they start making shots,”âï¿½ï¿½Luitjens said.âï¿½ï¿½“We were more patient in the fourth quarter and took better shots.”
Kenneth Myers chipped in 13 points in the win, while Adam Baker had eight.
Last Thurday at the Armory the team was no match for the visiting and second ranked Pine Ridge Thorpes. Save for a second quarter where the Wildcats outscored the Thorpes 10-8, the ’Cats had no answer for the quickness and size of Pine Ridge, who ran away from Custer in the second half of a 70-43 win.
Pine Ridge center Jeff LeBeau had his way inside against the ’Cats, scoring 24 points. When the Wildcat defense collapsed on LeBeau he kicked it out to a wide open shooter—the Thorpes seemingly had five shooters on the floor at all times—for a basket.
“I thought Adam (Baker) could neutralize (LeBeau). Not stop him, but neutralize him,” Luitjens said. “If there was an all-state player on the floor, that was it. He’s really good. That was by far the best game anybody has had against us all year.”
The Thorpes broke the game open midway through the third quarter, after Custer had cut the Thorpe lead to 34-27 following four straight points by Baker and a Logan Burns three for Custer. Pine Ridge coach Lyle “Dusty” LeBeau called a timeout to stop the Custer momentum and his players responded by blitzing Custer after the timeout with 11 straight points, going inside to LeBeau three straight times. By the time Jacob Brown scored, was fouled and hit the three throw for Pine Ridge as the quarter wound down, the Thorpes were up 49-34.
“I should have been smart enough to know that (going to LeBeau) is what he (Dusty LeBeau) was going to do,”âï¿½ï¿½Luitjens said.âï¿½ï¿½“That’s what I would have done.”
The Thorpes completely dominated the fourth quarter, repeatedly getting into the paint for easy baskets or fouls. Brown put an exclamation on the victory when he caught an alley oop and threw it home for a dunk, making the score 68-41 with a little over two minutes left in the game.
An angry Luitjens called a timeout and said he asked the players on the court if they wanted to have a seat next to him for the rest of the game.
“We were tired,”âï¿½ï¿½he said.âï¿½ï¿½“It was over.”
The Wildcats had a poor shooting night, with their offense again seemingly stagnant for much of the game. The team shot only 24 percent in the game and hit only two of the 20 three-point attempts it took. Glazier was the team’s leading scorer, with 22 points on 5 of 24 shooting. He was 11 of 12 from the free throw line. No other Wildcat had more than six points.
Luitjens said he and the coaching staff have noticed a disturbing big game trend with the team they are hoping to correct. Luitjens said some of his players lose their aggressiveness and seemingly want no part of the big game atmosphere.
“Every time we get in a big game, it’s ‘stand around and let Chase do it,’”âï¿½ï¿½Luitjens said.âï¿½ï¿½“When Chase is out there and it’s tight, they don’t play.”
Luitjens added that still not having Myers, who is recovering from a concussion, at 100 percent has continued to hinder the team.
The game was likely the final matchup—save for a state tournament game—between long time coaching friends Luitjens and LeBeau.
“It’s fun. This is the most cordial group from Pine Ridge I have ever seen. I like their kids. They enjoy coming to Custer and playing,”âï¿½ï¿½Luitjens said.
Tomorrow night the team will take to the road when it heads to Douglas for a 6 p.m. game. It’s the team’s only game this week.
Luitjens said while Douglas isn’t as good as it has been the past couple of years, the Patriots do have some good shooters, play hard and are aggressive.
“They are good enough to beat us if we don’t show up to play,”âï¿½ï¿½he said.
Custer 24 11 12 20 —67
RC 16 17 8 17 —58
Custer—Logan Burns 0-4 0-0 0, Patrick Witt 0-1 0-0 0, Kenneth Myers 4-7 3-4 13, Chase Glazier 9-16 11-12 34, Joel thomsen 3-5 3-4 9, Graysen Trandem 1-1 0-0 2, Adam Baker 1-7 6-6 8. Totals: 18-41 24-28 67.
Redâï¿½ï¿½Cloud—Marty Richards 3-6 1-2 7, Colby Hunter 2-8 3-5 7, Bailey Pourier 5-12 2-3 13, Kein Clements 5-9 0-0 14, Ryan Hussman 1-2 0-0 2, Caine Ghost Bear 0-2 0-0 0, Kobey O’Rourke 6-15 2-4 15. Totals:âï¿½ï¿½22-54 8-14 58.
Three-point goals:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 7 (Glazier 5, Myers 2). RC 6 (Clements 4, Pourier, O’Rourke). Rebounding:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 26 (Glazier 12), RC 19. Assists:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 12, RC 6. Steals: Custer 7, RC 6. Turnovers:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 14, RCâï¿½ï¿½12. Total fouls:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 17, RC 24. Fouled out: none.
Custer 10 10 14 9 —43
PR 22 8 19 21 —70
Custer—Logan Burns 1-2 0-0 3, David Hernandez 0-1 0-0 0, Patrick Witt 0-2 0-0 0, Kenneth Myers 1-7 4-4 6, Chase Glazier 5-24 11-12 22, Joel Thomsen 1-3 0-0 2, Graysen Trandem 2-3 0-1 4, Adam Baker 2-8 2-4 6, Ryan Jorgensen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals:âï¿½ï¿½12-51 17-21 43.
Pine Ridge—Jesse Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Perez Deleon 0-2 0-0 0, Jacob Dreamer 7-15 3-3 19, Jacob Brown 5-10 1-1 12, Jeremy Bettelyoun 1-2 0-0 3, Terry Thomas 2-4 0-1 4, Jeff Lebeau 11-17 2-2 24, Ki-Jana Gray Grass 2-3 2-2 6, Trent Janis 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 29-56 8-9 70.
Three-point goals:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 2 (Burns, Glazier). PR 4 (Dreamer 2, Ja. Brown, Bettelyoung). Rebounding:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 25 (Glazier 9), PR 30 (LeBeau 12). Assists:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 18 (Glazier 7), PRâï¿½ï¿½11. Seteals:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 6, PRâï¿½ï¿½14 (LeBeau 5). Turnovers:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 20, PR 13. Total fouls:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 11, PRâï¿½ï¿½18. Fouled out:âï¿½ï¿½none.
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