After going just 1-4 in the Glen Rose Lions Club Tournament last week, the Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers got back to their winning ways Tuesday night with a 56-38 boys basketball road victory over Millsap.
Glen Rose sophomore Kanyon Keese led the Tigers (10-6) with 16 points, while junior Kasen Keese added 12 in the win over the Bulldogs to snap a two-game losing streak.
“We’re just trying to get our new guys acclimated and finding our roles,” Glen Rose boys basketball coach Owen Clifton said of the addition of some football players. “It was nice to go through a stretch against good teams. We didn’t win, but I didn’t think we were playing bad. I just feel like we are getting better each game and learning.”
The Tigers scored just six points in the first eight minutes and trailed 11-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Austin Worthen, in just his third game back after returning from football, and Kanyon Keese heated up in the Tigers’ 19-point second quarter with six and seven points, respectively. That gave the Tigers a 25-16 advantage at the end of the half.
Worthen, Kasen Keese and Kanyon Keese buried triples in the Tigers’ 23-point third quarter as they broke the game open on both ends of the floor to lead by 17 heading into the final quarter.
“We went to full-court pressure and started pushing the tempo up, which was nice to see,” Clifton said.
For the game, the Tigers connected on five 3-pointers with two each coming from Worthen and Kanyon Keese.
“Kanyon has really come on as of late,” Clifton said. “It has been real nice to see him grow up this year, especially since Kolton (Mooney) and Matthew (Hammonds) didn’t play tonight.”
The Tigers are back in action Thursday when they meet Cathedral (11-4) in the opening game of the Midland-Greenwood Tournament and then they will meet Hondo (8-5) later in the day.
On Friday, the Tigers will battle Greenwood (10-2) and Andrews (1-6), while Saturday’s game will be determined by pool seeding.
“It is going to be a tough and physical tournament, but we will see for sure where we are at,” Clifton said.
In the Glen Rose Lions Club Tournament, the Tigers dropped games to Life Oak Cliff (67-48); Graford (65-32); Benbrook (62-49); and Keene (52-51). Their only win was a 65-49 decision over Johnson City.