The Glen Rose varsity boys basketball team came out of its second tournament of the season with an outstanding performance Tuesday night, thumping Rapoport Academy of Waco, 78-38.
The Tigers were 2-4 in their Glen Rose Invitational, a seven-team round robin held last Thursday through Saturday.
Now they return to the real season goal, trying to earn a playoff spot in District 8-4A. The 7-15 Tigers will be at home at Tiger Arena Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. battle against Venus.
The Tigers are 0-1 in district, having lost to Stephenville, 53-39, before the Christmas break.
In the big win over Rapoport, sophomore Kelton Bernard continued his recent red-hot outside shooting with 20 points, including four 3-point buckets. Teammate Dietrick James also scored 20, and Ethan Hartman added 12.
“I thought we ran the fast break well tonight,” GHS head coach Owen Clifton said, noting that the Tigers had an edge in speed and quickness over the charter school squad. “We (forced) a lot of turnovers, which helps us quite a bit.”
On the first day of the tournament here last week, the Tigers fell to Lorena, 60-48, then lost to Port Aransas, 47-41.
In the Lorena contest, James scored 13 points and Hartman had 12.
Versus Port Aransas, James notched 16 points and Bernard scored 15.
On Saturday, Glen Rose defeated Slocum, 56-34, getting 15 points from Hartman, while Bernard and James chipped in 14 apiece. The Tigers then dominated Avery, 46-28, as Bernard scored 13 points and James added 11.
Saturday, the final day of the round robin, Glen Rose lost to Robinson, 53-33. James led the Tigers with 10 points and Logan Thames had 8.
The Tigers closed out their play in the event with a heart-breaking loss to Dallas Samuell, which got a last-second layup for a 53-51 win. Hartman, who buried a 3-point basket that tied the game at 51 with 25 seconds to go, led the Tigers in scoring with 16 and Logan Thames was next with 14.
“They’ll help us get better,” Clifton said of the round robin competition. “It was a good tournament for us. The games matter now.”
Of the buzzer-beating shot made by Samuell, Clifton noted that the Tigers should learn from that not to celebrate too soon.
“We learned a bit about what you have to do to execute, to not celebrate and to get back. We have to learn to keep playing hard and keep fighting to do things the right way.”