After a four-point loss in West in November, Tiger basketball was ready for the rematch Friday, Dec. 13 in the Lions’ Club Invitational.
Glen Rose (5-4) scored at least 16 points in each of the last three quarters for a 64-55 victory. It gave the Tigers their first winning streak of the season.
“It was a similar game to the game in West, but in reverse,” Roberts said. “In our loss, they jumped out to an 18-point lead and then we got within two. We got up by 21 in this game, and then they cut it to six and missed a wide-open three-pointer. We just got real tentative against their trap and had several turnovers.
“We made the majority of our free throws down the stretch to seal it up. It was a good win, especially after we’ve already lost to them.”
The consecutive wins weren’t lost on the coach.
“We finally put two wins back-to-back, and that’s good,” he said. “It was a great team win.”
By quarter, the Tigers won the first (11-7), second (16-13) and third (21-15) before West took the fourth (16-20).
“We did press a little bit (defensively) to cause them trouble, and we’ll continue working on that as we get toward district,” the coach said.
Peyton Lytle scored a career-high 25 points and tied for the highest point total for any Tiger this year. He scored 18 points in the second half.
“Peyton hit five threes and shot like he’s capable of,” Roberts said. “You have to be balanced, and Peyton playing like that gives other people chances.”
Jayden Reynolds continues to score in the teens nearly every game, as he tallied 13 points thanks to a fast start.
“Jayden continues to do a good job,” Roberts said. “He had some free throw trouble, but he scored our first eight points with good post moves and usually with his left hand.”
Jeffrey Harris added 10 points to the winning cause.
“They were focused on shutting Jeffrey down because he had a big game against them last time,” Roberts said. “It’s good to get three guys in double figures, and our other guys are capable of scoring points as well.”
Other notable scorers were Tucker Garza (5) and Ethan Hartman (4).
“Tucker did well to score some points and he’s learning as he goes,” Roberts said of the sophomore point guard. “Teams are playing him very physical so far.”
Roberts was pleased to see everyone get playing time in the contest.
“We still haven’t had many practices with our whole team,” he said. “Some of the guys are timid, just because they’re unsure. A lot of them contributed in this game.
“We need Colton (Bumpas) to be able to relieve Peyton at times, and I think as his confidence grows, so will his production. I’m seeing improvement.”
The Tigers continue in their tourney against Burleson at 10:20 a.m. Saturday. Should Glen Rose win, it will play again at 5 p.m.