After Glen Rose played arguably its best game of the season on Friday against Alvarado, the Tigers unfortunately had one of their worst ballgames on Tuesday night in Waco.
Glen Rose (17-14) scored just 19 points outside of the third quarter in a 35-33 bi-district playoff overtime loss to the Gatesville Hornets. The Tigers hadnít scored so few points since a 71-30 loss in Stephenville on January 11.
"For whatever reason, we couldn't shoot it for anything," said coach Wayne Roberts. "We were very impatient and weren't moving; I saw signs of it in our athletic period (Tuesday). Hayden Bach, Curry (Mapes) and Hayden Holder were all under the weather - it was just bad vibes all the way around and that's how the game started off for us.
"We battled in the third quarter and took the lead, and then basically had the game taken away from us. We made some mistakes, but (the officials) have to see some (more) things out there. They were pretty poor, and then when you add our poor play in the first half it just wasn't a very fun game to watch for sure."
Roberts doesn't normally mention officiating mistakes, but they were just too numerous for him to sweep under the rug on this night.
"Officiating doesn't lose games unless you don't have enough time to overcome it," he said. "There were some crucial calls that went the wrong way, and when you're struggling it just compounds it."
Top scorers for the Tigers were Ben Coppock (14 PT, 10 RB, AST, STL, BLK), Colton Bretton (6 PT, 10 RB, 2 AST, STL) and Jeffrey Harris (6 PT, 9 RB, AST, STL, BLK). Coppock and Bretton both fouled out in overtime, as foul calls were quite lopsided in favor of Gatesville.
Other scorers included Cody Burtscher (4 PT, 3 RB, 2 AST, STL) and Stetson Overton (3 PT, 2 RB, 2 AST, STL).
The top scorer for Gatesville was Danny Byrd with 11 points.
Glen Rose couldnít have gotten off to a rougher start, as it trailed 10-0 and didnít score until 1:25 remained in the first quarter. While Bretton (4 RB) and Coppock (3 RB) got off to fast starts on the boards, the Tigers were unable to hit jumpers or score inside, plus they struggled with turnovers. After Gatesville missed numerous shots with the 10-0 lead, the Tigers battled back to a 10-6 deficit after one with Burtscher scoring twice in transition Ė including a steal and layup at the buzzer.
"The first quarter was a combination of missed shots and turnovers," Roberts said. "We finally battled to get to 10-6."
The second quarter ended up being even tougher for Glen Rose, as Gatesville won it 9-4. A Bretton midrange bankshot was the lone Tiger hoop in the frame. Glen Rose couldnít seem to buy an offensive rebound in the quarter.
"To score just four points in the second quarter was horrendous to watch," Roberts said. "Everything was completely out of sync. As good as it was Friday (vs. Alvarado), it was that bad (Tuesday)."
The Tigers played their best ball by a country mile in a third quarter they won 14-1. Bretton (4 RB), Coppock (3 RB) and Harris (3 RB) all took advantage of their size in the rebounding department.
Harris had a particularly strong quarter with a steal, a block, a runner on the baseline and a wing three-pointer. Overton, who assisted Harris on his three, buried his own wing three to end the third after Coppock delivered the go-ahead reverse layup with 70 seconds to go.
"There was absolutely nothing wrong with our defense; I thought we did an excellent job there," Roberts said. "We did a good job on the boards. When (the Hornets) would get their hands in there and knock it away, we didn't get many calls. That was a big bucket by Stetson to give us all the momentum."
The Tigers lost their offense again in a fourth quarter they dropped 9-5. Coppock had a huge block early on, and then his corner three with just over a minute to go put Glen Rose up 29-27 after Gatesville had gone ahead. After each team committed a critical turnover, Gatesville made the tying layup with 12 seconds left and then Harris missed a three at the buzzer.
"We gave ourselves a chance to win; we just didn't get it in the hole enough," Roberts said.
Gatesville managed to win the overtime period 6-4 after the two teams combined for just five points with 31 seconds remaining. The Hornets played with the lead, and so the Tigers continued to foul and force free throws, as Coppock and Bretton both fouled out.
"Ben played his heart out," Roberts said. "To lose both him and Colton in overtime really made it tough. We needed those guys in there at the end on offense."
Glen Rose had its chances to tie or go in front, but Gatesville steals and five-second call on the Tigers with five seconds remaining proved to be the difference. Gatesville also stole a long pass to prevent a potential Tiger three at the buzzer.
The Tiger roster will look quite different next season.
"We have 11 seniors and they've been a great group to work with," Roberts said. "It's been fun and we'll be looking at a lot of new faces next year."