’Cats zero in on first round bye
Published: Thursday, February 27th, 2014
The Custer High School boys basketball team took one more step toward sewing up a first round bye in the Region 8A basketball tournament with a 63-49 road victory over the Lead-Deadwood Golddiggers last Friday night.
The ’Diggers were able to hang around in the game, thanks in large part to Zach Ulmer who buried five of the seven three-pointers he attempted on his way to 21 points. He was the only Lead-Deadwood player to crack double figures.
“He shot well and we knew he was a good shooter,” Custer head coach Larry Luitjens said. “They kept spotting him up and moving him around.”
Luitjens added that some of his open looks came when a Custer perimeter player would try to help Adam Baker in the post, something he said was unnecessary, for the most part.
“When we have a shooter out there, we can’t be doing that,” he said. “Adam doesn’t need a lot of help in there.”
Custer was led by the three-headed monster of Baker, Kenneth Myers and Chase Glazier, who scored 18, 17 and 16 points respectively. Most of Glazier’s points game from the free throw line, where he hit 14 of 16 attempts after attacking the rim all night long.
“That’s what we want. I don’t want him out there shooting all the time, because sometimes he’s not shooting well,” Luitjens said. “When he goes to the rim, it’s a nine out of 10 success thing.”
Luitjens also cited the rebounding effort of Glazier, Baker and Joel Thomsen, who each pulled down eight boards.
“I will take that every time,” Luitjens said.
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