For at least one night, Glen Rose (6-16, 4-3) found themselves “on the outside looking in” of the District 7-3A playoff picture, but a three-point victory Friday put the Tigers back in a third place tie with three games to go in the regular season.
The Tigers dropped their game by 15 points (47-32) to Gatesville Tuesday to briefly drop out of the playoff hunt, but answered three days later in China Spring.
Ty Taylor led the Tigers with 15 points and Travis Huber added seven. Chris Guinn, Colt Plaster and Frank Brandenburg each chipped in with three. Jorge Espino scored one before leaving the game with a knee injury at the start of the third quarter.
There was only one glaring statistic for the Runnin’ Tigers after Friday’s 37-34 win over the third place Cougars, but Roberts said it was the one that led to the victory.
Of the Tigers’ 26 total rebounds for the game, 13 came on the offensive end, giving them second chance opportunities from a high-percentage area.
“That was incredible and that’s what helped us win. Our shooting percentage wasn’t that good but our second chance points really helped us out,” said Roberts. “China Spring changed its philosophy and went to a half-court press against us, but our guys made the necessary adjustments.”
As a team, the Tigers shot just 31-percent from the field and 60-percent from the charity stripe.
“We had good looks, they just weren’t falling. It’s not like we were taking bad shots,” said Roberts.
Espino returned from injury to lead the team with 15 points and four steals. Huber followed in scoring with seven points.
Plaster had four points and three steals while Taylor managed three points, 11 rebounds and three steals.
RJ Nowak (3), Denver Tipton (2), Brandenburg (2) and Kevin Brooks (1) rounded out the scoring.
Glen Rose hosted Hillsboro on Tuesday and will return to action on Friday when the West Trojans makes the trip to town. West is currently the second place team in District 7-3A behind Gatesville.
Tip-off in Glen Rose Gymnasium is set for 8 p.m.