Tiger basketball continued to face roster adversity on Friday, but Glen Rose stood strong and produced arguably its best win of the season.
The Tigers (12-11, 1-1) jumped out on visiting Alvarado 16-5 after one quarter and never trailed in a 64-53 win.
"This is one of our best wins, without a doubt," said coach Wayne Roberts. "It couldn't have come at a better time considering we went from 10-6 to 11-11 entering this game. We seem to play Alvarado tough here, and we came out strong to build that lead and keep it there. We played really well on both ends of the floor, which is what it takes against a good team like Alvarado."
Glen Rose scored at least 14 points in every quarter, proving it can perform at a high level without leading scorer Ben Coppock. After a lengthy injury absence, he is due to return next week from illness.
"We hope to get Ben back on Monday, which gives us one more solid guy we can depend on to make us better," Roberts said.
Cody Burtscher (17 PT, 6 RB, 3 AST, 3 STL) and Colton Bretton (15 PT, 13 RB, 5 AST) both were outstanding in the victory.
"That definitely seemed like one of our best games," Bretton said. "We all prepared well, the JV gave us a good look in practice this week and we all played tremendous. We need to carry this momentum into next week."
Bretton praised Burtscher's performance.
"Cody came back strong after being sick last week," Bretton said. "He stepped up his rebounding and played great."
Other scorers included Hayden Bach (11 PT, RB, 5 AST), Hayden Holder (10 PT, 5 RB, STL), Jeffery Harris (9 PT, RB, STL, BLK) and Marquis Holder (2 PT, 7 RB, 2 BLK).
As Glen Rose won the first quarter by 11, Burtscher immediately began to roll with eight points and three rebounds – including two threes. Bretton also came out firing with six early points, while Marquis Holder pulled down four rebounds and Bach tallied four assists.
"That (early lead) was really big; our defense really pulled through," Bretton said. "Their (6'4") big guy (Xavier Adams) was strong and definitely their best player, so I had to go right at him from the beginning."
Roberts agreed with the senior's aggressive approach.
"Colton went right at their best player, which he needed to do," Roberts said. "We can't play scared, and I told the guys in the fourth quarter to keep attacking."
In a 14-14 second quarter, Harris got going with a pair of three-pointers. Marquis Holder took a charge, and a late steal and layup by Burtscher enabled Glen Rose to go to the locker room up 30-19.
The Tigers peaked offensively in a third quarter they won 19-14. After Bach and Burtscher each made threes, the quarter ended with Bretton saving a loose ball from going out of bounds and getting it to Harris, who buried a wing three at the buzzer.
"That definitely helped our momentum going into the fourth quarter to set up the win," Bretton said of the Harris three.
Roberts appreciated the play as well.
"Colton knew exactly where Jeffery was and Jeffery made the shot at the buzzer; it's great for momentum," the coach said. "Jeffery hit some big threes and made a great block."
Glen Rose was also attacking the hoop with layups by Burtscher, Bretton and Hayden Holder.
Although Alvarado won the fourth quarter 20-15, it couldn’t get up enough shot attempts thanks to seven rebounds from Bretton alone.
"I just gave my best effort to get every ball I could," Bretton said.
Bach rose up with a pair of three-pointers down the stretch, and the first one resulted in Bretton’s fifth assist.
"Hayden's (Bach) doing a great job hitting shots and handling the ball really well," Bretton said.
Harris and Marquis Holder each managed a block in the final frame, while Hayden Holder successfully attacked the hoop two more times.
"Hayden Holder has gotten better and better; he finished at the hoop very well," Roberts said.
The Tigers will return to the court on Tuesday when they host Venus at 8 p.m.