The seventh grade Tiger A-team rode a tremendous third quarter to its second win of the season on Thursday night.
Glen Rose trailed visiting Hillsboro at halftime, but won the third quarter 17-3 en route to a 34-25 victory.
“We lost this matchup by nine the first time,” said coach Greg Garrison. “The kids understand what to do, but I wanted them to understand why we do certain things in practice. They’ve worked hard.”
Logan Thames outscored Hillsboro’s entire team 16-11 in the second half on his way to 20 points.
“Logan is a great kid,” Garrison said. “I’m glad he decided to stay with basketball.”
Other scorers included Chance Hatfield (6), Jake Anderson (5), Tate Swearengin (2) and Jett Gould (1).
“Chance is nearly always a good player,” Garrison said. “He’s good about sharing the ball, but he’s fast and capable of scoring, too.”
As Hillsboro won the first (6-4) and second (8-4) quarters, it made a buzzer beater in each frame.
“Those baskets are momentum changers, and it’s the first thing we talked about at halftime,” the coach said.
Over the final three quarters, Thames was a rebounding machine.
“I stressed rebounding and handling the pressure before the game,” Garrison said. “Logan did a great job on the boards.”
The Tigers opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good.
“I asked for a good push coming out in the third and the guys delivered a nice run,” Garrison said.
Anderson came through to complete an and-one play in the third.
“Jake got the putback of his own miss there; it was a big play,” Garrison said.
Thames scored eight of his team’s nine points in the fourth to put the game on ice for the Tigers.