“He’s grabbing his shirt!”
“Why didn’t you call that?”
Those were just a few of the lines coming from both sidelines when Glen Rose handed 4A Cleburne its first loss of the season, 83-68, on Tuesday night in what was described by Head Coach Wayne Roberts as one of the most physical affairs he has ever seen.
“It was about as physical as I’ve seen in 29 years of coaching,” said Roberts. “I thought it was a little out of hand, on both sides. But at the end they tried to take control, but it was too late. Overall the kids kept their composure and executed down the stretch. Cleburne was an undefeated 4A school and it was a real good win for us this early in the season.”
Free throws, Waylon White and Ryan Bruce are what dominated the contest.
In the first half, Cleburne went to the charity stripe 15 times in the first quarter alone, and dominated the line game 28-8 at the half.
The Tigers didn’t see the free throw line in the second quarter until the clock reached 23 seconds.
In the second half, the Tigers took over.
Leading 33-26 coming out of the break, Bruce and White scored a combined 35 points in the second half alone.
Bruce finished with 35 points of his own, while White tallied 20. Bruce also added six rebounds and four assists.
Bruce sat out the final minute of the contest after being on the wrong end of back-to-back flagrant fouls.
Derek Thompson added eight points and eight boards for a Tiger inside game who suffered from four trouble early.
The Tigers will travel to Grandview on Thursday for a tournament.