While the 8A Tigers did a solid job defensively against visiting Alvarado Thursday, Jan. 16, points proved tough to come by.
Glen Rose never allowed more than eight points in a quarter, but it also scored more than four in a quarter just once in a 27-13 loss.
Tate Swearengin led the team with six points, while Logan Thames added five.
Alvarado came away with a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. While Thames had a couple of steals for Glen Rose, bad passes were really hurting the Tiger offense. Thames also took a charge for his team.
“We tried to make some passes across their defense and we had trouble setting up our offense, which made it hard to score,” said coach Brad Reedy. “I think our troubles were mental, and we have to be sharper.”
Early in the second quarter, Thames got the ball to Swearengin and he banked in a three for an 8-3 contest.
“Tate’s three was huge to get us on the board,” Reedy said. “Our intensity picked up and we scored some quick buckets.”
As the game progressed, Connor Hansen was a consistent force on the boards.
“Connor has rebounded really well the last two games,” Reedy said. “He fights hard.”
The Tigers began to get to the line frequently, but misses prevented them from pulling even.
“We didn’t make as many as we needed, but just getting to the foul line meant we were getting shots down low,” Reedy said.
Late in the half, Thames stole the ball and assisted Swearengin on a short jumper. Alvarado did score the last four points of the half to lead 14-7.
“We got the game close, and then they got those buckets late in the half to keep us at a distance,” Reedy said. “We got beat over the top in the press, which gave them some momentum back. This was Logan’s first game at point guard. I think he was a little tight early, but he did better and scored in transition for us.”
Although Alvarado won the third quarter 8-2 to take full control, the Tigers did well early when Adrian Lewis assisted Thames on a transition layup. Thames and Cooper Holder both blocked shots in the frame. Alvarado used an effective mix of layups and jumpers.
Glen Rose kept battling in a fourth quarter it lost 5-4. Thames capitalized on another steal with a fast-break bucket.
“I want these guys to always keep in mind what they need to do in different offensive situations,” Reedy said. “Defensively, we’re doing a good job.”