GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers open District 7-4A play Friday night when they host Mineral Wells.
The Tigers (13-15) enter the game on the heels of a 60-43 loss to Alvarado on Tuesday, which snapped Glen Rose’s two-game winning streak. Now, however, all records are thrown out the window, and everyone is 0-0 in fighting for one of four district playoff spots.
“All the district games are important, so we look at it as a must-win for us,” Glen Rose boys basketball coach Owen Clifton said heading into the district opener. “Everything we have gone through early this season is to be ready and play four quarters every game over the next two months.”
The game with the Rams (4-16) will tip off around 7:15 p.m. after the completion of the girls’ game with Mineral Wells.
Entering their game with Alvarado, the Runnin’ Tigers had won their previous two contests on buzzer-beaters. Against the Indians, however, Glen Rose faltered down the stretch in what proved to be a tale of two halves.
The Tigers never trailed in the first quarter and led by as many as six at 14-8 on a 3-pointer by Kasen Keese early in the second quarter. Alvarado extended its defensive pressure and went on an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to tie the game at 14-14 with five minutes left in the half.
Glen Rose responded with back-to-back triples from Matthew Hammonds and Kolton Mooney, and Mason Daniels added a bucket to take the lead back up to eight with three minutes left before eventually leading by five at 27-22 at the half.
Alvarado opened the third quarter with a 7-2 run to tie the game at 29-29, and the Indians eventually took the lead for good with 4:37 left in the quarter, and from there, slowing widened the gap.
The Tigers trailed by five heading into the final quarter, but they managed just nine points in the frame.
“They played pretty physical in the whole game, and I think it took its toll on us,” Clifton said. “I should have rotated my players more early on.”
Keese led the Tigers with 10 points with a pair of 3-pointers, while Mooney and Hammonds connected on two 3-pointers apiece in recording nine and eight points, respectively.