Four games into the 2017-2018 season, the Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers are still a little wet behind the ears, and that youth and inexperience showed in their 67-41 basketball loss to Joshua in the Tigers’ home opener Tuesday night.
“We couldn’t take care of the ball,” Glen Rose coach Owen Clifton said. “We had 17 turnovers and only five takeaways, and that’s never a recipe for success.”
Glen Rose went down 6-0 early but tied it at 6-6 on 3-pointers from Drayden James and Kasen Keese. Kolten Mooney tied the score again at 8-8 with a pair of foul shots before the Owls reeled off 17 straight to end the quarter leading 25-8.
The Tigers went more than eight minutes without a field goal before Logan Thames broke the slump with a 3-point play with just over two minutes left in the half.
Glen Rose was down 44-17 at the half and 64-28 at the end of the third quarter, but Clifton saw some good things from his young team in the fourth when it outscored the Owls 13-3.
“I think in the second half we got better and we learned from our mistakes and did some things,” Clifton said. “The problem is there is no easy fix. We just have to play. You have to play to the speed of the game and get accustomed to it. We’re going to get better. We have some good shooters.”
Keese led the Tigers with eight points, while Chance Hatfield and Thames chipped in with seven each.
With the loss, the Tigers fell to 1-3 on the young season, and they travel to Dallas W.W. Samuell on Friday night at 7 p.m.
The Tigers picked up their first win of the season just before the Thanksgiving break with a 46-42 victory over West.
Glen Rose led by four at the half and extended the lead to nine heading into the fourth quarter before holding on for the four-point victory. Mooney drilled three 3-pointers and led the Tigers with 13 points.