Perhaps Glen Rose should add more Class 5A opponents to its boys basketball schedule.
The Runnin’ Tigers went 2-2 in last week’s Caprock Tournament in Lubbock, with both wins coming against 5A foes. GRHS is now 13-5 overall.
Glen Rose opened tournament play with a 65-45 loss to Trinity Christian before bouncing back with wins of 83-60 over Odessa and 59-50 over Lubbock. In the finale, a fatigued Tiger team fell to Levelland, 52-49.
Senior guard Ryan Bruce continues to be a scoring machine for the Tigers, averaging 23.5 points per contest in the tournament. He reached the 30-point plateau for the sixth time in 18 games this season when he poured in 30 against Lubbock. He also had 28 against Odessa and 20 and 16 in the losses to Trinity Christian and Levelland, respectively.
“We looked like a team that was coming back from a week off (against Trinity Christian),” said Glen Rose head coach Wayne Roberts of his club’s loss in the tournament opener. “I don’t want to take anything away from Trinity Christian, because they have a very good team, but we looked rusty and shot the ball very poorly.”
A tempo change reversed the Tigers’ fortunes in the second game, as Odessa looked to run.
“Odessa tried to play up-tempo and pressure us and we handled it very well,” Roberts said. That, and we shot the ball much better.”
In addition to Bruce’s 28 points, Nathan Yeager pumped in 16, Derek Thompson added 13 and Immanuel Morales tallied 10 in the win.
Against Lubbock, the Tigers jumped on Bruce’s back and the senior leader carried them to a win with just over half of the team’s 59 points. Derek Thompson also chipped in, scoring nine.
Roberts says his team’s fatigue had a major impact in the loss to Levelland to close out the tournament.
“We looked like a team that had played three games in 24 hours,” he said.
Outside of Bruce, no Tigers reached double figures in the loss. Yeager scored nine, while Thompson added eight.
Glen Rose returns to its home floor for a tough non-district showdown against 3A Brownwood on Friday. The Lions have lost only one game this season.