BROCK – Clinging to a one-point, 18-17 halftime lead on Friday in Brock, the (11-8, 6-3) Glen Rose freshman boys’ basketball team was outscored 11-3 during the third quarter of the eventual 43-36 loss.
Head Coach Samuel Schuelke said Brock came out during the second half with just a little more intensity than the first, but was pleased with the way his boys continued to battle through the fourth quarter.
The Runnin’ Tigers matched the Eagles’ 15 points in the final frame behind eight of Kelton Bernard’s game-high 19 points.
Jett Gould added seven points on the evening, Brian Pounds notched three and Jess Niedziela knocked down a free throw. River Costello, Dristan Cathey and Ethan Moss all contributed two points, respectively.
Earlier in the week, the Runnin’ Tigers took to the court for a little revenge and they got it.
Behind three consistent scoring quarters, Glen Rose took a 37-26 lead into the fourth quarter on Tuesday in Hillsboro and were seven minutes from paying back the six-point home-loss delivered by the Eagles on Jan. 8. The freshmen held their counterparts in check and matched the Eagles eight-point quarter to notch the wire-to-wire, 45-34 win.
“The guys wanted this one badly after losing to them at home,” Schuelke said. “We came out and had a great start and played good, physical basketball for most of the game. We forced them into a lot more turnovers with our press than the first game and did a much better job of keeping them off of the offensive glass. That was the difference tonight.”
Bernard again led the Glen Rose offensive attack with 12 points to begin his eventual 31-point week.
Gould and Costello each netted nine points, while Niedziela scored eight, Brady Taylor accounted for four and Ethan Moss scored three.
The win was the freshmen squad’s 11th of the season and 6th of district 11-3A play.
The Runnin’ Tigers’ freshman team will take the week off before returning to the court for the final time during the 2015-16 season on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Millsap. First tip is slated for 5 p.m.