Tiger basketball easily could be 3-0 or 0-3 so far this season.
As it stands, Glen Rose is 1-2 after a 59-55 defeat in West Tuesday, Nov. 26. The Tigers were the better team for three quarters, but a terrible first quarter brought a 21-8 deficit and Glen Rose never dug all the way out of the hole.
“We had too many turnovers, missed some easy shots and committed some really bad fouls,” Roberts said of the opening quarter. “We didn’t take any bad shots that I can recall in the game and we executed very well at times in the later quarters, but we played right into their hands in the first.”
As Roberts alluded to regarding the fouls, three Tigers – Peyton Lytle, Jayden Reynolds and John Henry Powell – all fouled out.
Jeffrey Harris led Glen Rose with 20 points, followed by Reynolds (14) and Lytle (9). Other scorers were Hunter Williams (3), Justin Potter (3), Powell (2), Wayne McFadin (2) and Derek Kramer (2).
“Jeffrey plays with a lot of energy and he played the whole game (Tuesday),” Roberts said. “He competed hard and was our leading rebounder in addition to his scoring. He even handled the ball against the press for us at times.
“Peyton battled foul trouble all game and fouled out in the fourth right after he’d hit a big three,” Roberts said. “We really need him in the ballgame, so he’s just got to learn to settle down – the same for Tucker (Garza).”
The 14 points were a career high for Reynolds in his third varsity game.?“Jayden battled some easy missed shots and turnovers for awhile,” the coach said. “He knows what he can and can’t do, and he was just trying to do a little too much (Tuesday). When he played to his strengths – like rebounding, he did well.”
The Tigers missed seven free throws in the fourth quarter of the four-point loss – a fact not lost on the coach. After the first quarter, West only made six field goals the rest of the game, as it depended on free throws.
“We were very fortunate to win our first game with these mistakes, but they have cost us the last two games,” Roberts said. “Even if we just improve our free throw shooting, we’re probably 3-0 right now.”
The Tigers return to action Dec. 3 in Hamilton at 8 p.m.
“Our players who joined us from football will probably make their debuts next week,” Roberts said. “We need to make free throws, make smarter decisions with the ball and avoid silly fouls. That’s all we have to do to be successful.”