An improved second half, consisting of a 30-percent shot improvement from the floor and only four turnovers, lifted the Glen Rose Running Tigers to a 76-67 season opening victory over Jim Ned on Thursday.
And of course, 31 points from the starting point guard helped aid the victory.
Senior Ryan Bruce opened the 2008-09 season by posting 31 on Jim Ned, in addition to grabbing eight rebounds.
However, things didn’t start off well for the Tigers.
Jim Ned jumped out to an early lead and led the Tigers at the end of the first, 20-15.
“(Jim Ned) got off to a quick start,” said Glen Rose Head Coach Wayne Roberts. “We finally cut into the score and made it 35-32 at halftime, but we shot poorly in the first half and turned the ball over too much.”
Glen Rose only connected on 33-percent of their shots from the floor in the first half and committed 14 turnovers.
However, things turned around after the break. Glen Rose hit 63-percent from the floor in the second half and only had four turnovers.
“I think (in the first half), we had guys trying to do too much,” said Roberts. “I told them, you have to believe in your teammates and we started moving the ball around, we quit turning it over and we took better shots.”
Along with Bruce, three other Tigers posted double figures.
Derek Thompson tallied 14 points and eight boards, while Waylon White racked up 11 points.
Nathan Yeager recorded the only double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.
Glen Rose hosted Fort Worth Christian for their season opener on Tuesday, but results were unavailable at press time.