It was a picture perfect regular season finale for the Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers last week.
They knocked off district rival Whitney, 83-50, to claim the No. 1 seed from District 7-3A, got strong performances from Derek Thompson and Ryan Bruce and no one got hurt.
This marks the 14th time in 16 seasons the Tigers have made a postseason appearance.
It didn’t take long for Thompson to reach a double-double. He reached the feat less than a minute into the second half and finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds.
“Derek is a very physical player, he gets a lot of rebounds. We got him involved, quite a bit in the offense tonight, and that’s going to be a big boost,” said Glen Rose head coach Wayne Roberts.
Bruce also finished with 24 points, with 15 coming on five second half 3-point bombs.
Glen Rose posted 31 points in the first half, and accounted for a whopping 52 in the second.
“We went in at halftime, and I wrote two numbers on the board: 10 and two,” said Roberts. “We have played 10 first halves in district and only two of them did we play like we should’ve. We’ve been a second half team, with the exception of Gatesville and West, and that’s got to improve. It’s got to improve now. You can’t let them dictate things for a half because that is just going to hurt you later on, especially in the playoffs.”
Glen Rose will open its playoff slate against Decatur, the third place finisher from District 5-3A, tonight in Mineral Wells. At press time, it had yet to be determined whether they will begin at 7:30 p.m. or 8 p..m.
“Playoff basketball is all about rhythm. You have to have a routine, you have to stay with it, and (finishing No. 1) gets us a little bit closer to that. A lot of people don’t understand that, they don’t look at the whole bracket to see what’s up ahead. We didn’t want to take a chance on playing the third place team in District 8, which is a very good team. Burnet will probably be there and they’re a very scary team. They beat Fredricksberg by 22 then turned around and beat Wimberly by 24,” said Roberts. “We’ve got everybody back, and last year we ran into a bunch of injuries going into the playoffs. This year, there are no excuses. These guys know what it’s like, they have the experience, they just need to step up and know that preparation is what it’s all about.”