If Glen Rose had any aspirations of making the postseason, a victory against West Friday was a must.
The Tigers took care of business with a 55-34 shellacking of their rivals.
“The guys have been kind of down during this little five-game skid,” said Glen Rose head coach Wayne Roberts. “The first four were tough because they were games that we could have, and should have, won, but we didn’t. (Friday) was a good bounce-back game for us and I think we took a step forward.
“I knew (after that loss to Venus) that we still had a chance to make the playoffs, but we had to meet our goal,” he added. “Our goal is to be 2-2 when (No. 25) Alvarado comes in here Friday. We took the first step towards that (Friday).”
Glen Rose jumped out to an early lead with a 10-2 run over the first six minutes. RJ Nowak and Jorge Espino drained 3-ball’s to in the middle of the run.
West struggled offensively in the opening quarter, being outscored by the Tigers 12-4.
The Trojans showed a spark in the second quarter with a 7-2 run to bring the Tiger lead to 14-11 with 5:35 left in the half.
After West cut the Tiger lead to 15-14, Espino hit another 3-pointer off a pass from Chris Guinn. Hayden Bach added a pro-hop lay-up just before the break to end the quarter on a 5-0 run.
Glen Rose lost the second quarter 10-8, in part due to shooting just 3-13 from the field and 1-7 from beyond the arc. The Tigers led 20-14 at halftime.
The teams stayed tight in a 14-14 third quarter, leaving Glen Rose with a slim 34-28 advantage entering the final frame.
The Tigers opened the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run with field goals from Guinn, Nowak, Colton Bretton and Espino before a 3-ball from Nowak capped the run, forcing a West timeout.
The run propelled the Tigers to a 21-6 fourth-quarter advantage, as Drew Bumpas scored his first varsity points on a 3-pointer with four seconds left to ice the score.
Glen Rose shot 47 percent in the fourth quarter and hit both attempted shots from beyond the arc.
For the game, the Tigers shot 37-percent from the floor and 32-percent from 3-point land. They did struggle from the charity stripe, going just 2-8.
Espino led the Tigers with 23 points while Nowak and Denver Tipton just missed double figures with eight each.
Bretton scored four points and was the leading rebounder with six while Cody Burtscher grabbed five boards and scored two points.
Bach (3), Bumpas (3), Guinn (2) and Curry Mapes (2) rounded out the scoring.
In its preceding district game on Jan. 8, Glen Rose struggled att No. 6 Kennedale and fell 82-40.
“You have to do things a certain way against a team like Kennedale,” said Roberts. “We played right into their hands.
“They’re big, they’re athletic, and they shoot well,” he continued. “They’re loaded with talent but I was disappointed we didn’t handle things better.”
Nowak was the top scorer against Kennedale with 13 while Espino and Tipton each netted eight.
Burtscher added seven while Bach (3) and Guinn (1) rounded out the scoring.
Glen Rose was in Hillsboro Tuesday and returns home Friday at 8 p.m. against No. 25 Alvarado.