There are positives and negatives to take away from the five games Glen Rose (3-8) played last week.
On the plus side, Jorge Espino averaged over 14 points per game during the week, the Tigers doubled their season win total and they knocked off a ranked team.
On the down side, head coach Wayne Roberts said the consistency just isn’t where he would like it to be.
“We play real solid against a good team,” said Roberts. “Little River Academy (No. 18 in 2A) is a very good team and we knew they were capable of beating us but we found a way to win. Then we turned around and lost to Temple’s JV team.”
The inconsistency summed up the beginning of the West Kolache Tournament, following a Tuesday loss to Waco La Vega.
The Pirates handed the Tigers a 67-45 loss in Glen Rose Tuesday.
Ty Taylor was the leading scorer with 13 while Travis Huber tallied 11. Espino (9), Denver Tipton (7) and Colt Plaster (4) rounded out the Tiger scoring.
The LaVega loss sent the Tigers to West sporting a 1-6 record.
Glen Rose began tourney action on an upswing with a 53-38 upset of Little River Academy.
Espino would begin a four-game streak of leading the Tigers in scoring by dropping 17. Taylor reeled off 16 while Huber and Immanuel Morales tacked on seven each with Chris Guinn and Tipton both adding three.
The inconsistency kicked in during the following round when Glen Rose failed to put away Temple’s JV squad in a 50-46 overtime loss.
Espino scored 14 while Huber and Kevin Brooks each tacked on eight. Plaster (7), Taylor (5), Morales (2) and Frank Brandenburg (2) finished off the scoring.
In the tournament finale, Glen Rose took down North Hills Prep 49-33.
Espino just missed the 20-point plateau by draining 19 while Huber (11) also cracked double-digits. Taylor (6), Guinn (6), Brandenburg (4) and Tipton (3) also added points for Glen Rose.
In Monday night action, Glen Rose was just seconds away from a 3-2 record over the last six days. Fort Worth Christian, however, had other plans.
FW Christian found itself up by three in the final seconds and standing at the charity stripe with a pair of shots.
The shooter sank one of two, but it would turn out to be the game winner.
Espino took the ball the length of the court and drilled a three pointer, but it was to no avail as FW Christian held on, 42-41.
“I was happy with the way we played,” said Roberts. “We got down by seven (against FW Christian) and didn’t fold. We gave ourselves a chance to win. We just have to take care of the ball in crucial situations.”
Espino once again led the charge with 14 while Plaster scored 11. Taylor (9) and Morales (7) were the only other Tigers to score.
The Tigers return to action on Friday in Brock. The JV and varsity will be the only teams in action with times expected to be at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.