The Glen Rose boys basketball team members had their backs against the wall Tuesday night at Alvarado — and they responded with an essential triumph, 51-44, to stay in contention for a playoff berth.

Coach Owen Clifton’s Tigers improved to 4-6 in District 8-4A with the win. That moved Glen Rose into a tie with Alvarado for the fourth and final playoff berth in the district with two regular-season games remaining.

If the Tigers (11-20) finish district play still tied for fourth with Alvarado, the two teams would then have to play a one-game district playoff to decide which school would go into postseason play.

Weston Rynders led the Tigers in scoring for the first time this season against Alvarado, with 17 points. Teammate Ethan Hartman was next with 11 points.

“We came out real aggressive in the third quarter, and got a lot of turnovers,” Clifton said. “I thought we played well.”

The Tigers will play at Godley Friday, while Alvarado is playing Venus. Glen Rose will conclude its regular schedule on Tuesday at home in Tiger Arena versus 24-7 Waxahachie Life School (7:30 p.m.), while Alvarado takes on 24-6 Midlothian Heritage. In the current TABC Class 4A state rankings, Heritage is 16th and Life is 17th.

Clifton said his players are responding well to playing under pressure to extend their season.

“They’re excited about it,” Clifton said. “These are playoff games we’re playing now. We keep getting better. Their backs are against the wall, and they are stepping up.”

Both the Glen Rose junior varsity and freshman boys teams also won at Alvarado Tuesday, but their scores were not available by press time.

The Tigers fell to Heritage last Friday night at home, 74-45, getting 14 points from Hartman and 10 points from Kelton Bernard. Eight of Hartman’s points came in the fourth quarter.

Heritage led 21-8 at the close of the first quarter, 40-12 at the 1:45 mark in the second quarter, and 42-16 at intermission. The Jaguars added 22 in the third quarter for a 64-24 edge entering the final period.

“I feel like we’re getting a little bit better,” Clifton said after the loss to the state-ranked Jaguars. “They’re good. They’re deep. I thought we played hard, and I thought defensively we played pretty well.

“We’ve got to play tough. We’ve still got a chance. To control your own destiny is always what you want. Hopefully we’ll find a way to take care of business.”

In Friday’s JV contest, Heritage posted a 48-31 win. Ethan Moss led Glen Rose in scoring, with nine points.