Tiger basketball encountered plenty of adversity in the Van Tournament due to stout competition and injuries, but Glen Rose finished on a high note Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers (3-3) beat Van 56-51 in a game full of momentum shifts.
“We had a great first quarter, panicked in the middle of the game and tried to hold on, and then we got it going again toward the end,” coach Wayne Roberts said. “It was a good win.”
Ben Coppock led the way with 19 points.
“Ben was extremely tired (Saturday) and when he wanted a break I told him we just needed him to find a way to do it,” Roberts said. “He got over the hump and got us a win in the fourth. He took the ball to the hole and we made some good passes to him on the inside. That’s what you need out of a senior who’s put as much time into this as he has.”
Stetson Overton scored 17 points and hit five of Glen Rose’s nine three-pointers (2 for Jeffery Harris, 1 for Coppock, 1 for Justin Weatherley).
“Stetson had to play point guard (Saturday),” Roberts said. “That’s a big weight to carry, but it was his best game by far. I don’t say that because of his points; he was in charge of our offense and overcame a rough second quarter to play basketball like I know he can. It was great to see.”
Harris scored eight, Colton Bretton scored seven, Weatherley scored three and Curry Mapes scored two.
“Justin got in there and battled; he’s a strong guy,” Roberts said. “He hit a clutch three in the fourth quarter when it was a one-point game; everybody on the bench went crazy when he made it. He’s not scared to shoot the ball.
“Curry stepped in as a starter. He did a great job handling the ball and at the defensive end. We needed someone to step in at that guard position and Curry did a good job.”
Glen Rose went on a tear to win the first quarter 26-12.
“We were shooting the ball extremely well early with five threes in the first,” Roberts said. “We made five of seven free throws and got some transition baskets. Everything was going right.”
The Tiger offense disappeared in a second quarter Van won 12-4.
“They changed some things up, put more pressure on us and we took a lot of deep shots and got out of sync,” Roberts said. “We let them right back in the ballgame.”
Van also won the third quarter 12-9.
“We were standing around too often, but three made threes helped,” the coach said.
The Tigers rediscovered their offense just in time to take the fourth quarter 17-15.
“We got everybody moving and cutting like we needed,” Roberts said. “Ben scored nine in the quarter, and they were all right around the basket. We were 4-5 at the line in the fourth, including two big ones by Stetson in the last minute. Our guys played pretty good under some tough circumstances to get a great win.”
The Tigers will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Hamilton at 8 p.m.
“It was an excellent tournament in Van,” Roberts said. “We’d love to have won three or four ballgames, but winning two against a loaded field is a pretty good job. We had five games this past week and five coming up this week, so we have to keep on plugging and do the best we can.”