Head Coach Wayne Roberts got his cake and ate it too at the West Tournament last weekend.
Roberts picked up his 600th career victory when the Tigers disposed of Groesbeck to open tournament play, then Roberts led the Tigers to the tournament championship where they knocked off tourney host and District 7-3A opponent West.
“It’s something I didn’t even think about,” said Roberts about the milestone win. “I knew it was coming, and my biggest concern was the team thinking about it. I’ve been fortunate and blessed to coach in good places with good players.”
Glen Rose started off against Groesbeck and finished off the milestone win by the final score of 65-44.
In honor of the triple-digit win mark, Ryan Bruce decided post a triple-double in the opener.
Bruce racked up 25 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Waylon White, posted 12 points of his own, while Derek Thompson and Nathan Yeager tallied eight and seven points, respectively.
“We started off real slow,” said Roberts. “After we got the score to 14-12, we dominated and just really played well. We controlled the tempo, made good shot selection and played good defense. We did a great job on the boards against a post-oriented team. They had a guy that was 6’8’’, and it did us good to face a guy that big. He was a young player, and he had a good touch down low, but we held him scoreless in the fourth quarter.”
From there the Tigers were paired off with Little River Academy, and walked away with a 58-36 win.
White led the way with 15 points while Bruce and Yeager finished with 13 each.
Roberts claimed this was the best defensive effort of the season for the Tigers, holding Little River to a combined 13 points over the middle two quarters.
In the third contest, Glen Rose faced off with Teague and had no problem disposing of them, 77-35.
Bruce topped the 20-point plateau by posting 22, while White added 11 points and Thompson 10.
“There weren’t a lot of rebounds in this one,” said Roberts. “We shot extremely high from the field (31-58, 53-percent), and we only shot two free throws in the entire game. Everything we shot was wide open, they weren’t challenging our shots. But it was good for us because everyone saw a lot of minutes.”
In the championship, Glen Rose got a peek into the future by squaring off against district rival, West, and knocked off the Trojans, 54-33.
Once again, it was Bruce leading the way with 18 points, and White nipping at his heels with 14. Thompson also reached double figures with 11.
Glen Rose jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter, 16-2 and cruised to victory.
“We didn’t really want to play them,” said Roberts about seeing the district opponent early in the season. “But if you’re going to have to face them, you want it in the championship game of their home tournament. It was a good win for us.”
Roberts and the Tigers were set to travel to Axtell on Tuesday, but possible bad weather forced the teams to cancel the contest.
Glen Rose will return to action when they host Brock on Friday. Sub-varsity begins at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity starting at approximately 8 p.m.