The JV Tiger basketball team has been playing good ball early this season, and this past weekend it resulted in a Dublin Tournament championship.
Glen Rose (4-1) won all three of its games to the delight of coach Erik Hartman.
“We spread it out with a lot of different guys scoring – at least seven or eight in most games,” Hartman said. “We’ve done a great job defensively, holding most teams to 30 or 40 points.”
Glen Rose opened the tourney with a 38-26 win over Clyde. The key was a dominant 14-4 fourth quarter. Eight Tigers scored, led by Jayden Reynolds (12), Wayne McFadin (7) and Sam Strother (5).
“Jayden Reynolds did a great job of rebounding at both ends of the court,” Hartman said. “Strother and McFadin gave us some consistent scoring in the tournament.”
As the JV Tigers beat Breckenridge 54-40 in game two, it was a 23-23 game at halftime and Glen Rose seized control in the third (18-10) and fourth (13-7) quarters. With seven players scoring, the top producers were Reynolds (14), McFadin (12) and Peyton Lytle (9).
“Peyton Lytle played good, as did Chance Nabours,” Hartman said. “(Nabours) has the ball in his hands most of the time and is doing well.”
The final was all about a big first half for Glen Rose, as it led Tolar 30-15 on the way to a 49-36 victory. Nine Tigers scored in this one, paced by McFadin (10), Strother (9), Derek Kramer (9) and Nabours (7).
“Kramer did a great job of rebounding and playing defense in the tournament,” Hartman said.
Even with the early success, Hartman sees aspects to focus on improving.
“We do have some low-scoring quarters at times, so I’d like to see if we can average 14-16 points per quarter,” the coach said. “We just need to work the ball a little better offensively. We also need to start faster in games. Maybe it’s been our good conditioning, but it’s in second halves that we’ve been wearing teams down and pulling away to win by double digits.
“In the championship game against Tolar, we actually had a big lead and then hit a lull. We’re trying to come up with four good quarters.”
The JV Tigers return to the court on Friday in Hico.
“We’re playing well and hoping to carry some momentum into district,” Hartman said.