GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers held Springtown scoreless in the final 1:40 of the game Saturday morning to post a 50-45 victory over the Porcupines to improve to 2-0.
The Tigers led by two points heading into the final quarter, but the Porcupines went on an 8-3 run to open the quarter to lead by three with just over four minutes left.
Matthew Hammond knocked down his only triple of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 42-42. Jett Gould followed with a 3-ball to give the Tigers the 45-42 lead with 2:50 left.
After Springtown tied the score with a 3-pointer with just under two minutes to go, the Tigers connected on five foul shots to pick up the win to start the year 2-0 for the first time since 2015-16.
“I’m very happy to the start of the season,” Glen Rose boys basketball coach Owen Clifton said. “Finding ways to win close ballgames is always important, especially early in the season.”
The Tigers trailed for nearly all of the first quarter before Kolton Mooney drilled a 3-pointer with 1:16 left to tie the score at 12-12. Hammond followed with a 3-pointer and the Tigers led 15-12 heading into the second quarter.
The Tiger lead got to as high as three before Springtown scored six straight points to lead by three at 21-18 with 3:52 left in the half.
Hammond hit his fourth 3-pointer of the half with 52 seconds left and the Tigers took a 24-23 into the locker room.
“Springtown played us in a zone in the first half and our goal is to always shoot people out of it,” Clifton said. “In the second half, they switched to a man, and the driving lanes were more open because of the 3-ball in the first half.”
The Tigers scored only seven field goals in the second half, but five of them were 3-pointers — two by Kanyon Keese and one each from Hammond, Gould and Mooney.
“The guys are passing up good 3-point shots for great 3-point shots,” Clifton said. “Making the extra pass is a huge part of our offense and right now, they are playing very unselfish.”
Glen Rose connected on 8 of 12 foul shots for the game, including five in the fourth, and four of them came from Mooney in crunch time.
Hammond led the Tigers with 20 points thanks to six 3-points. In two games, he’s averaging 22.5 points and 6.5 3-pointers per game. Mooney knocked down three triples en route to 15 points, while Keese finished with six points.
The Tigers converted just three 2-point field goals (3-12), but they connected on 12 of 29 3-pointers (41.4 percent).
The Tigers will host Dodd City at 2:30 p.m. Monday and Huckabay at 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday before beginning their Thanksgiving break.