Tiger basketball wasn’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard on Friday night in Hico, but a consistent defensive effort did the trick for victory.
Glen Rose (8-6) held Hico to just 12 points after the first quarter in a 36-21 win.
“We did what we had to do defensively,” said coach Wayne Roberts. “It’s just very frustrating for us offensively. We pulled this out because we did hit some shots in the third quarter.”
The top scorers for the Tigers were Stetson Overton (10 points, 3 rebounds, assist, 6 steals) and Ben Coppock (9 points, 6 rebounds, assist, steal, block). Other point producers included Jeffery Harris (5 points, 4 rebounds), Colton Bretton (4 points, 11 rebounds), Marquis Holder (4 points, 3 rebounds, assist, block), Hayden Bach (2 points, rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals) and Hayden Holder (2 points, 2 rebounds).
In the opening moments of action, Bretton hit a jumper and then Overton scored in transition after the first of his six steals. Meanwhile, leading scorer Coppock didn’t need long to show he had successfully returned from injury when he elevated for a huge block.
“I think Ben’s okay now,” Roberts said. “I’m glad he has a few more days off.”
Coppock made half of his six free throw attempts in the frame and Glen Rose actually trailed 9-7 after one quarter.
“We were really passive and shot way too many threes that weren’t going down,” the coach said.
In the second quarter, the Tigers’ size and athleticism began to weigh on the hosts, as Glen Rose grabbed 15 rebounds led by Bretton’s five. Bach made a steal and scored in transition, while Marquis Holder scored on a putback, assisted Hayden Holder on a layup and then tallied a block.
“It was great to rebound that well, but we were missing two-foot shots afterwards,” Roberts said. “We have to make those to be a consistent offense. Marquis played well in spurts, but just like our whole team he has to be consistent to get where we want to be.”
Harris got to the charity stripe and hit a pair to give Glen Rose a 17-12 halftime lead.
Glen Rose put the game away with a 15-7 third quarter.
The 3A squad first scored with putbacks from Coppock, Overton and Coppock again. Glen Rose then got threes to fall from Overton twice and Harris once to account for all of its scoring.
“It was good to see those putbacks and we needed them at that time,” Roberts said.
Hico shot eight free throws in the quarter, but just made half of them and could only get a single basket (3) to fall.
Offense was in extremely short supply in a fourth quarter the 3A Tigers won 4-2. Marquis Holder nailed a short jumper and then Coppock finalized the score when a steal and transition layup. Overton grabbed his final two steals down the stretch.
“Stetson is going it give it his all every time,” Roberts said. “I just need him to improve his clock management. The key (defensively) was to stop their top guard. We did that and made it a tough night for them.”
The Tigers will resume their season on Thursday in the Godley Tournament with matchups against Bowie at 10:30 a.m. and then Alvord at 4:30 p.m.
“Our offense is offensive, so hopefully we get that straightened out,” Roberts said. “We’ll have to play a lot better to win over there.”