For three quarters, the Glen Rose Tigers (4-13) looked like a team ready to pull off some major upsets when District 7-3A play starts on Friday.
But the third quarter turned optimism into disappointment as the Tigers committed seven turnovers, were outscored by six and eventually dropped the contest 62-56 to Brownwood.
“This was a good game for us,” said Glen Rose head coach Wayne Roberts. “We started strong. We were up 18-15 after the first quarter and had it tied at halftime. But in the third quarter, we didn’t shoot the ball very well and turned it over too much.”
Glen Rose continued to claw back in the final frame, cutting the deficit to 56-54 before Brownwood finally pulled away late in the game.
“We gave ourselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter,” said Roberts. “We scored 28 points in the second half, I just wish we could have scored a little more consistently.”
Jorge Espino led the Tigers in scoring with 25 points while Immanuel Morales added 12.
Colt Plaster (8), Denver Tipton (5), Chris Guinn (3), Frank Brandenburg (2) and Kevin Brooks (1) also added to the scoring.
The Tigers will open district play with home games against Gatesville and China Spring on Friday and Tuesday, both at 8 p.m.
“If we handle (China Spring’s) press we’ll be fine,” said Roberts. “Gatesville is the heavy favorite and Dominque Moore is only about 75 percent, but his 75 percent is still better than anyone else in the district.”
The Tigers will begin district without Travis Huber who will miss at least two weeks with an MCL strain.
“District is here; it’s time to go,” continued Roberts. “We’re 0-0 now. Gatesville and West are the teams to beat. We have to get out there and do our best. We have to play our game and take open shots when we have them.”