GRANDVIEW-Glen Rose carried their undefeated season as far as the championship game of the Grandview Tournament last weekend, but an injury and collegiate recruiting visit left the Runnin’ Tigers without two key starters in the championship game against Alvarado where they fell 63-58.
Glen Rose entered the tournament coming off an impressive victory at home against 4A Cleburne and started off well by disposing of Waco La Vega in the opening contest.
Ryan Bruce led the way for the Tigers by posting 23 points, while Waylon White and Derek Thompson finished the contest with 14 apiece.
In the second game, Glen Rose was matched up with Hubbard, and Glen Rose had no problem in this one as they cruised to a 90-30 victory.
White was the Tigers’ top scorer with 19 points, while Bruce, Thompson, Jorge Espino and Immanuel Morales also posted double figures with 18, 17, 14 and 10 points respectively.
The following contest paired Glen Rose with Fairfield and once again Glen Rose had no problems.
The Tigers knocked off Fairfield by a 70-41 score with Bruce posting 30 points, again, for the Tigers. This game marked the third time Bruce had reached the 30-point plateau this season.
Thompson finished with 13, while White was close on his heels with 12.
The Fairfield victory sent the 6-0 Tigers into the tournament championship against Alvarado, but that is when trouble hit.
Thompson was forced to miss the contest for a football recruiting visit to the University of North Texas, where he verbally committed, while back at the tournament, Bruce missed most of the contest with a sprained ankle.
Nathan Yeager led the Tigers with 17 points while White posted 14. Bruce scored 11 points, with eight in the first quarter and a three pointer before leaving the game early in the second.
“It’s not all bad,” said Head Coach Wayne Roberts. “When you have two starters out, especially your leading scorer and leading rebounder, you need guys to step up. Some of our younger players got some experience and hopefully it will pay off down the road.”
Glen Rose traveled to Waco for a rematch with La Vega on Tuesday and will travel to West for another tournament this weekend.