Glen Rose knocked off a ranked team in the opening round of the Van Tournament over the weekend, but struggled against Crandall and Athens, going just 1-2 in the tourney.
The Tigers opened up against No. 4 Pleasant Grove and had no problem disposing of the Cats, 72-46.
“We played well and executed on offense,” said head coach Wayne Roberts. “But they have a good team that was playing shorthanded because their football team is still playing.”
Glen Rose jumped out early with a 24-8 first quarter lead and later padded its advantage by outscoring Pleasant Grove 24-13 in the third quarter.
The Tigers won the rebounding battle 64-16 and connected on 32-80 from the field, but turned the ball over 25 times.
Jorge Espino and Travis Huber each tallied 14 points. Huber finished with 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Immanuel Morales was just three rebounds shy of matching the entire Pleasant Grove team with 13.
Following the win over Pleasant Grove, Crandall was next on the schedule and the Pirates evened the Tigers’ tournament record by handing them a 62-52 loss.
Glen Rose led 13-12 after the first and matched the Pirates point-for-point in the second half, but an 11-point difference in the second quarter would ultimately spell a loss for the Tigers.
Espino led the Tigers again with 17 points while Huber tallied 15 points and five boards.
Ty Taylor also cracked double figures with 10 points.
Glen Rose looked to finish above .500 for the weekend against Athens to wrap it up, but the Cats had another outcome in mind.
Athens handed Glen Rose its second 10-point loss in as many days, 55-45.
Espino posted 17 again to lead the Tigers and Morales was close behind with 14, but the next leading scorers managed just four each (Colt Plaster and Chris Guinn).
Glen Rose hosted Waco La Vega on Tuesday and will compete in the West Kolache Tournament beginning on Thursday.