The Glen Rose varsity boys stayed alive in the playoff hunt with a 48-45 District 8-4A basketball victory at Venus Tuesday night.

The Tigers trailed early in the fourth quarter and later went up by seven points. They held off the Bulldogs down the stretch despite the fact that one of the team’s top scorers and ball handlers, senior guard Dietrick James, fouled out of the game early in the final quarter.

“We were down at that point (when James fouled out). Our bench came in and played great,” said Glen Rose coach Owen Clifton, whose team. “I’m really proud of them. Our young guys performed well.”

Kelton Bernard paced the Tigers Tuesday with 17 points, while James was next with 12 points and Ethan Hartman added 10.

The Tigers’ matchup this Friday night at home in Tiger Arena will be against Midlothian Heritage, set for a 7:30 p.m. start after the varsity girls game.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” Clifton said. “We want to try to keep getting better, like we have been.”

The Tigers improved to 3-5 in district and 10-19 overall with the victory.

The Heritage boys are 22-6 and are 16th in the state in this week’s Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A rankings.