It was almost like a switch suddenly was flipped on for the Glen Rose boys basketball team during Friday night’s 60-47 District 8-4A triumph over Venus in Tiger Arena.
The Tigers erupted for 26 points in the second quarter on the way to the victory, which improved their district record at the time to 1-1.
Brazos Overton and Dietrick James led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points each.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Overton missed Tuesday night’s 74-47 road loss to Midlothian Heritage, and may miss the rest of the season. Overton suffered a broken right (shooting) hand last weekend away from school, according to head coach Clifton Owen.
Against Venus, Ethan Hartman added 12 points, which included two 3-point baskets in a row with less than a minute left in the Tigers’ torrid second quarter attack to gain a 31-19 advantage. The Bulldogs closed out the half with a 3-pointer of their own, cutting the margin to 34-22.
Venus outscored the Tigers 13-10 in the third quarter, but Glen Rose put it away with a 16-12 scoring edge in the final period.
Earlier in the second quarter, a 3-pointer by Overton gave the Tigers a 14-13 lead. Three-point buckets by James and Overton gave the Tigers a 20-13 lead.
“This is how we’re supposed to play,” Owen said. “I’m glad it showed up early in district. When we do that, we have a pretty good team. I’m proud of them tonight.”
Clifton noted that much of the Tigers’ scoring against Venus stemmed from turnovers forced on defense.
He said he had noticed the energy level in the locker room was high, and the players seemed focused.
When those factors are right, as he said, “Shots start to fall.”
“The bottom line for me is, the energy was where it needed to be,” Clifton said. “The players were pumped, and they stayed high.”
Asked if he had given a magic speech, Clifton said, “It had nothing to do with me. Tonight they decided to play together as a team, and they were going to do it.”
He also noted that the Venus game was the first time this season that all factors came together at the same time for the Tigers.
Tuesday night’s game at Heritage marked the Tigers’ second district loss.
The Jaguars are having a tremendous season — ranked 12th in the state in Class 4A by the TABC — enjoying a squad with excellent size, quickness and depth. The victory over Glen Rose improved the Jaguars to 4-0 in district and 19-4 overall.
Dietrick James led the Tigers in scoring in that game, with 16, while Weston Rynders added 14.
Clifton was not disappointed, he said, considering the fact that many of Heritage’s wins have been by margins of 20 or 30 points.
“I thought we played great,” Clifton said. “Our intensity was the way I wanted it. We played hard, and made good decisions. They are very solid, so I wasn’t disappointed in the effort.”
This Friday night, the Tigers (8-16 overall, 1-2 in district) will continue league play, at home against Alvarado. The varsity girls game is set for 6:30 p.m., followed by the varsity boys at approximately 7:30.
Following Heritage, Waxahachie Life is second in district play at 3-1. Alvarado is third at 2-1, followed by Stephenville at 2-2, Glen Rose at 1-2, and Venus and Godley both 0-3.
In Friday’s junior varsity boys game against Venus, Glen Rose fell by a 51-38 count. Kason Keene and Adrian Lewis each scored 11 points for the JV Tigers.