Glen Rose played well enough to win early and late versus the host Alvarado Indians on Tuesday, but the middle quarters were a big problem for the Tigers.
Glen Rose (14-13, 3-3) was outscored 31-11 in the second and third quarters on the way to a 61-44 loss. Alvarado essentially had to win the game to keep the Tigers from locking up second place in the district.
"We let their pressure get to us and we didn't execute like we need to on the offensive end," said coach Wayne Roberts. "We just have to get better at handling pressure, and making the right pass at the right time. Alvarado did some things offensively that were effective, and they benefitted from being at home on a few calls.
"I thought they played extremely well as a team and were a lot more aggressive taking the ball to the hole. We were a step behind defensively (Tuesday)."
Top scorers for the Tigers were Colton Bretton (10 PT, 8 RB, AST, STL, BLK), Ben Coppock (8 PT, 3 RB, 3 AST) and Hayden Bach (8 PT, 2 RB, AST, 2 STL). Other scorers included Cody Burtscher (6 PT, 2 RB, AST, 2 STL), Marquis Holder (5 PT, 4 RB), Jeffrey Harris (4 PT, 4 RB, 2 AST), Stetson Overton (3 PT, AST) and Hayden Holder (2 PT, 5 RB, AST).
Xavier Adams carried the Indians to victory with a game-high 28 points.
"You just have to try to control Adams," Roberts said of the 6'4" post with good ball handling. "He's going to score; if you can hold him in the low 20s you're doing a good job. He got some transition threes he didn't get in the first game."
The Tigers played very well out of the gate to win the first quarter 16-13.
Burtscher buried two threes, while Marquis Holder hit from long range as well. Late in the quarter, Bach attacked the hoop and completed an and-one play for a 16-9 lead. Adams kept the hosts afloat by repeatedly driving to the basket.
All of the sudden, the Tigers couldn’t buy a bucket in a second quarter they lost 13-4. Two Harris free throws and a Bretton putback would be all for Glen Rose, as easy looks were few and far between. Bach did a nice job of hustling back to prevent a fast-break dunk by Adams, but a couple of Indian threes helped Alvarado build a six-point lead.
The game got away from Glen Rose in a third quarter it lost 18-7. Alvarado hit three more threes, as an Overton three-pointer broke up a 28-6 run for the Indians. Harris grabbed three boards in the quarter and scored inside off an Overton assist.
Despite two more threes from Adams in the fourth, the Tigers suddenly found their offense and tied the quarter 17-17. Coppock attacked the hoop for six of his points, while Bach hit a three on the way to five points. Bretton knocked down his last two free throw attempts and each Holder made a jumper to finalize the score.
"We going to go in spurts individually on offense," Roberts said. "Hayden and Ben played well in the fourth and that obviously helped us pick the points up. It all goes back to us executing against pressure."
The Tigers will try to get back on the winning track Friday in Venus at 8 p.m.
"If we end up tied with Alvarado, I'll vote to play for second (place)," the coach said. "We have to take care of business against Venus and Hillsboro."