GLEN ROSE — Heading into Tuesday’s District 7-4A game with Mineral Wells, the Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers were in a three-way tie for second with Stephenville and Godley in the league standings, so a win over the Rams was imperative.
The Runnin’ Tigers roared out to a 7-0 lead to open the game and never looked back in the convincing 65-25 victory over Mineral Wells to stay even with the Yellow Jackets, who held off Godley, 79-75.
“We are playing every game like the playoffs at this point,” Glen Rose boys basketball coach Owen Clifton said. “It’s a must-win.”
Two of the Tigers’ final three games will be at Tiger Arena, with the first coming Tuesday night when they host Godley at 7:30 p.m. Although they still have one home game remaining, the Tigers will honor seniors Kasen Keese and Parker Simmons.
“Both Parker and Kasen have been with me since the eighth grade, and it is so much fun to be at a place and watch them grow up,” Clifton said. “They have been faithful in their work ethic and commitment to this program, and they will always have a special place in my heart.
“When you spend five years coaching the same kids, you can become attached to who they are. They are great players and better young men. I’m looking forward to their future,” he said.
The Tigers will also honor foreign exchange student Lorenzo Greghi.
Glen Rose dropped a 56-54 decision at Godley on Jan. 24, and they will have a week to prepare for the Wildcats thanks on an open date on Friday.
“You would like to keep playing, but it also allows some rest, which isn’t always a bad thing,” Clifton said. “We just need to limit our turnovers and continue to play good defense.”
In the win over Mineral Wells, Glen Rose sophomore Kanyon Keese paced the Tigers with 14 points, while Matthew Hammonds and Caden Schinagel added eight each, and Kolton Mooney added seven.
“We talked about keeping the defensive intensity from the last game to this one, and I thought they did a great job,” Clifton said of the Tigers’ second straight win.
The Tigers led 7-0 early in the first and led 11-3 at the end of the quarter. Again, the Tigers held the Rams to just three points in the second quarter while putting up 24 points to lead 35-6 at the half behind six from Kanyon Keese, five from Noah Sheffield and thee each from Hammonds and Mooney.
Glen Rose held the Rams to just one field goal - a 3-pointer in the first quarter - and three free throws in the first half.
For the game, the Tigers allowed just seven MW field goals, and four of them came in the fourth quarter.