BROCK – The 24-hour rule was in full effect following the Runnin’ Tigers’ 52-48-overtime loss on No. 13 Brock’s home floor. Those is attendance, and the ones who participated, should have used the twenty-four hours post-loss to digest what exactly happened and how close (21-9, 6-5) Glen Rose was to an upset of a perennial state power.
“The second half we played well, but the first half we played Brock basketball,” said Clifton following the road loss. “We came here to win, not to keep it close or take them to overtime. We have had a lot of close games that have given us good experience and I thought that experience was going to push us over the edge.”
The first half was played Brock-style. A slow paced, low scoring and mind-numbing game sent the two teams into the second quarter with the Eagles holding a 9-6 lead and began the third quarter with a combined 42 points scored.
Brock’s offense never got started, but Glen Rose’s missed opportunities – especially one with 6.38 seconds left in regulation – were the difference. The Runnin’ Tigers held (21-10, 9-2) Brock to 20 points over the second half with a pair of 10-point quarters and outscored the Eagles 28-20 during the 16 minutes.
Wyatt Goebel’s layup got the second half scoring started right out of the gate as Glen Rose looked to play a faster, Glen Rose-paced game.
Brock’s Scott Thomas knocked down a deep two-point jumper in response to Goebel’s opening score, but Devin Crawford took advantage of the freshman’s overconfidence on the Runnin’ Tigers end of the court. Crawford used a quality post-up move to dip under the long arms of Thomas and went up strong from the left block for a basket and a foul.
Crawford buried the free throw to complete the and-one opportunity and pulled the Runnin’ Tigers within five, 27-22.
The Glen Rose big man was not done yet.
Following a defensive stop, the senior put the ball on the floor from outside of the three point line and drove the basket for a layup and a three-point deficit with 5:34 to play in the third quarter.
Glen Rose then entered a three-plus-minute scoring drought in the midst of a 9-0 Brock run.
Fresh off of his team-high four three pointers in Tuesday’s 58-52 win over Hillsboro, Tucker Garza drilled a stop-and-pop three off of an in bound to end the skid with just over two-and-a-half minutes to play in the quarter. The point guard later added a free throw after the he hustled down the court for a steal from behind.
Goebel capped the quarter with a two-pointer after a pump fake and sent the two teams into the fourth quarter with Brock clinging to a 35-30 lead.
The Eagles’ lead was cut to three when Goebel delivered a no-look pass to Bailey Holder on the left low-block for an easy layup off the glass.
Less than 20 seconds later and it was a Garza three-ball that tied the game at 35 with just over seven minutes to play in regulation.
The lead finally changed hands following two-plus minutes of an offensive lull. Crawford baited Nolan McCall into a charge – one of six charges drawn by Clifton’s squad on the evening – and turned an offensive rebound into two points on the ensuing trip to the Glen Rose end for a 38-36 lead with 4:27 to play.
With under a minute to play and after several lead changes, a Klipfell foul on Leddy French negated a pair of Goebel free throws when the Brock senior sank both of his opportunities from the charity stripe.
Still with a chance and 16.88 seconds to play in regulation, Clifton called a timeout to regroup the Runnin’ Tigers with the game knotted at 45.
Clifton’s play was drawn to perfection and Holder was left wide open as he cut towards the right low block with Crawford and the ball at the top of the key.
Crawford’s pass was too strong, nicked the right corner of the backboard and sailed out of bounds with 6.38 seconds on the clock.
Brock controlled the ball and the clock during the overtime quarter and with 35.73 seconds left on the clock had scored the only four points. Ethan Hartman’s three with 12 seconds to play after a Clifton timeout put the Runnin’ Tigers on life support with a pulse and within two points, 50-48.
The ensuing in bound was questionably executed – where the original in bounder passed the ball to an Eagle as he jumped across the baseline – but executed none-the-less and led to a fast-break layup as the clock expired with Brock holding on, 52-48.
“We didn’t get it done, but that’s alright,” Clifton said. “I felt like we played much better the second half because we played our style of basketball. We pushed the ball and tempo like we have the last few games, but I just hate losing like that.”
Brock swept the regular season series after defeating a seven-player Glen Rose team, 48-38 on Jan. 12 in Glen Rose when it was ranked No. 9 in the TABC polls. Both teams entered the game as winners of three-of-their-last-four games and toting two-game win streaks.
Barring a Peaster meltdown, the win secured Brock’s spot as the No. 2 seed in 11-3A. Glen Rose is still in the driver seat and controls its own destiny for the third spot, but the loss leaves the Runnin’ Tigers with very little breathing room.
Glen Rose will return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at home against Rio Vista. “Parents Night” activities will take place prior to the 7:30 p.m. first tip.