It takes offense and defense to win a basketball game, and Glen Rose proved that twice last week.
Coming off its District 7-3A opening loss at Gatesville, Glen Rose used a strong offensive showing against China Spring on Tuesday, and lock-down defense against Hillsboro on Friday.
On Tuesday, the Tigers visited China Spring and walked out with a 66-50 victory.
“(China Spring) was a big game for us,” said Glen Rose head coach Wayne Roberts. “Especially because it was on the road, after a loss. It was great to get back on track.”
The Tigers came out firing and led 20-7 as time wound down in the first quarter, but a buzzer-beating three allowed China Spring to inch closer at 20-10.
In the second frame, Glen Rose allowed the Cougars to have their highest scoring quarter of the night. China Spring posted 18 points, to answer the 20 put up by Glen Rose.
“In the second quarter we played even with them,” said Roberts. “I wasn’t happy with the way we played defense.”
Glen Rose would respond after the break, holding China Spring to only six points in the third quarter to take a 52-34 lead into the fourth.
The Tigers would be outscored 16-14 in the final quarter, but cruised to victory, nonetheless.
As well as being the two leading scorers, Ryan Bruce and Derek Thompson each finished with double-doubles at 32 points, 10 rebounds and 12 points, 16 rebounds, respectively.
Glen Rose dominated in the paint and won the rebound game, 41-18, with 22 of those boards coming on the offensive end.
“When you get that many second opportunities, you’re doing a lot of things right,” said Roberts.
Jorge Espino tallied eight points, while Nathan Yeager and Waylon White each posted five.
Following the offensive performance, Glen Rose returned home and relied on its defense to get past the visiting Hillsboro Eagles, 55-33.
Glen Rose shut down any offensive production for Hillsboro.
Hillsboro scored 12 points in the first quarter, a combined 11 points over the second and third, and 10 in the final frame.
“We had control from the beginning,” said Roberts. “Our defense played really well. (Hillsboro) only hit on 1-11 from the 3-point line. The only place we didn’t play up to par was offensively. Our shot selection was good, they just wouldn’t fall.”
Glen Rose took 66 shots from the floor and only 22 of them managed to find the bottom of the basket.
Bruce led the way with 24 points for the Tigers, while Derek Thompson posted 10 points and nine rebounds.
With these wins, Glen Rose is now 2-1 in 7-3A play.
Glen Rose hosts West tonight in a weather-makeup game, then visits Whitney on Friday.