After laying an offensive goose egg in Van, the Glen Rose boys recovered with a 75-74 overtime win at Mineral Wellls last week, gathering momentum for the first annual Glen Rose Lions Club Invitational over the weekend.
Following the offensive explosion on the road, Glen Rose (5-6) swept its pool on the opening day of the tournament, but fell short in the semifinals to Godley. The third place game against Stephenville was cancelled.
Some confusion occurred during the final day resulting in the third place tie between Glen Rose and 4A Stephenville.
“Basically what happened was Keene and Godley said if they both lost (in the semifinals) they didn’t want to play in third-place game because that would have been their fifth game in three days,” said Glen Rose head coach Wayne Roberts. “So we cancelled the third place game before us and Stephenville both lost.
“It was really not a big deal,” he continued. “Coach (Mike) Dacus (from Stephenville) is a great guy and a good friend. We’re going to play each other next month so we’ll let the winner of that one have the third place trophy.”
The Tigers had no problem with China Spring in the tourney opener, rallied against Keene and struggled heavily against Godley.
“(The tournament) has been good,” said Roberts. “It was a very competitive tournament with very few blowouts. It was a strong defensive tournament.”
Glen Rose 59, China Spring 21
Glen Rose pushed its win streak to three as the Tigers’ defense suffocated China Spring in a 59-21 rout.
China Spring is no longer in Tigers’ district after realignment put Glen Rose in a league with Alvarado and Kennedale.
“Our district is what it is, but we did talk about (what if China Spring was still in our district),” said Roberts. “Our defense was outstanding and our offense was clicking. We played really well all the way through.”
China Spring didn’t score a field goal until 20 seconds were left in the first quarter. The Tigers posted a 20-spot in the opening quarter to set the pace for the 38-point thrashing.
Glen Rose hit 22-45 from the floor and 5-13 from beyond the arc.
Jorge Espino was the top scorer with 12 points while adding five assists and five steals. Denver Tipton and Ben Coppock also cracked double figures with 11 and 10, respectively.
RJ Nowak (6), Colton Bretton (5), Hayden Bauch (5), Chris Guinn (4), Cody Burtscher (3), Curry Mapes (2) and Will Tubbs (2) rounded out the scoring.
Glen Rose 36, Keene 26
With the exception of a third quarter field goal, Glen Rose posted a second half shutout of Keene to erase a 10-point halftime deficit and pull out a 36-26 win.
“The guys did a good job of making adjustments in the second half,” said Roberts. “We knew they would try to shoot the three. They didn’t have any post players so they would shoot or try to penetrate. We did a good job of playing defense on their guards and when it came down to it they missed some shots and we got the rebounds.”
Glen Rose shot just 4-18 in the first half and trailed 24-14, but clawed back in the third quarter when they forced six Keene turnovers and outscored the opponente 11-2 to trail by just one entering the fourth.
The Tigers blanked Keene 11-0 in the fourth.
Espino led all scorers with 19 points while Coppock added five and Nowak scored three.
Tubbs, Guinn and Bauch each had two. Bretton added one point and a team-high eight rebounds.
Godley 32, Glen Rose 18
After sweeping Pool B Thursday, the Tigers received a day off on Friday and a straight shot to the semi-finals on Saturday.
Godley defeated China Spring on Friday to advance.
The Tigers shooting woes returned against the Wildcats as they connected on just 7-40 from the field and fell 32-18.
“We weren’t taking bad shots,” said Roberts. “We just missed shots we’ve been hitting during this winning streak. We looked like we did in Van. Our shots were coming up short and rolling around the rim.
“Defensively, I don’t really have any complaints,” he added. “This is the first time I’ve ever been associated with a team that gave up 32 points and got beat.”
Espino scored 10 and swiped four steals while Nowak and Guinn added three points each, Bretton chipped in with two and Tipton didn’t score but grabbed eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Glen Rose hosted Fort Worth Christian Monday and is home again Friday against 2A No. 3 Brock.