The Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers suffered their first boys basketball loss of the season Tuesday night at Tiger Arena with a 53-34 setback against Tolar.
The loss snapped the Tigers’ four-game win streak, which was their best start since the 2015-16 season when they won their first six and eight of their first nine.
The Rattlers used their height inside to neutralize the Tigers down low, while holding them to just four 3-pointers from the perimeter.
“It was like there was a lid on the rim tonight. We forced some shots early,” GRHS boys coach Owen Clifton said. “We started to go to the basket, and that was a great adjustment, but we missed layups. That’s a killer.”
Jett Gould drilled a 3-pointer with 2:21 left in the first quarter to match the Tigers’ largest lead of the game of four points at 9-5.
Tolar eventually whittled the lead to 11-10 at the end of the first quarter before taking its first lead at 13-11 with a 3-pointer 30 seconds into the frame.
The Rattlers stretched the lead to four before Glen Rose’s Kasen Keese converted a driving layup and Gould knocked down his second triple of the game to regain the lead at 16-15 with five minutes left in the half.
The last five minutes of the half proved costly for the Tigers as they went 1 of 6 from the field and turned the ball over twice, allowing Tolar to balloon its lead to 10 at 28-18 at the half.
“I thought we played pretty good defensively, but we had too many turnovers and gave them too many fast break layups,” Clifton said.
The offensive woes continued for the Tigers in the third quarter as they managed just one field goal and two free shots in the period to find themselves down 42-22 going into the final quarter.
“You learn more from your loses and that’s true with life,” Clifton said. “You’re going to learn more from your losses. You can’t dwell on it, but you have to get better because of it. I would rather lose this one early than late.”
Gould led the Tigers with 10 points and Kolton Mooney added six, while Matthew Hammond had five and Kasen Keese finished with four.
The Tigers (4-1) will look to get back on track over the weekend at a tournament in Millsap. They take on Fort Worth Western Hills and Millsap JV on Thursday and Trinity Christian on Friday. Depending on the results of the first two days of pool play, the Tigers will play one game on Saturday.
Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Tigers beat Dodd City 55-33 and Huckabay 49-46 to get to 4-0.