Tiger basketball didnít play its best game in Venus on Friday night, but a great stretch in the second half enabled Glen Rose to win going away.
The Tigers (15-13, 4-3) led by only two points early in the second half and then staged a 16-0 run on the way to a 48-32 win. Glen Rose hit nine threes, including four in the fourth quarter.
"Venus made some great passes and shots, especially in the second quarter, but I thought a big key in the game was when we switched to a 1-3-1 and our defense was really good to create a lot of deflections and turnovers in the second half," coach Wayne Roberts said. "It's hard to play over here."
Top scorers in the win were Hayden Bach (10 PT, 4 RB, 2 AST, 2 STL) and Cody Burtscher (8 PT, 4 RB, 2 AST).
"We needed to refocus at halftime," Bach said. "I'm glad we came out in that third quarter and shots started to fall to help us pull away."
Other Tigers to get on the board included Marquis Holder (7 PT, 5 RB, AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK), Colton Bretton (7 PT, 4 RB, STL), Ben Coppock (7 PT, RB, 2 AST, STL), Stetson Overton (6 PT, RB, 2 AST, STL) and Curry Mapes (3 PT).
The Tigers also had a 13-0 run in the ballgame, which came after Venus scored the first points of the contest (13-2). Burtscher had four points and three rebounds in the frame, while Bach, Marquis Holder and Overton each nailed a three. Marquis Holderís defensive activity was hard to miss, as he had two steals and a block early on to help Glen Rose win the quarter 13-4.
"We need that from Marquis, and it's nice to have depth," Roberts said. "In the last two games, he's made a three on his first shot."
Bach has really been impressed by his fellow senior.
"In my eyes, Marquis is the surprise player of the year," he said. "I didn't expect him to come out and play as well as he has. He's stepped up big, especially on the offensive end with threes."
Venus came to life in a second quarter it won 17-13, splashing four threes along the way.
"Venus just shot the ball better at that point," Roberts said. "We made adjustments and defended better after halftime."
Post Bretton banked in a three in the quarter and Marquis Holder connected from downtown once again. Bretton ended up scoring all seven of his points in the quarter to help Glen Rose hold a 26-21 halftime lead.
"Colton surprised us all with that three; he can make them though and (Venus) left him open," Bach said.
After five-straight Venus points pulled the hosts within two early in the third, Glen Rose scored the final seven points of the quarter to win it 9-5. Burtscher scored four in the quarter and ended up making all four of his free throws on the night.
"We need to hit those free throws, especially this time of year," Roberts said.
Coppock made a steal and completed an and-one play before making a pair of free throws moments later to end the quarter up 35-26.
"We've got to have that type of defense for easy baskets," the coach said.
The Tigers couldnít have started the fourth any better with Overton following back-to-back Bach threes with one of his own to complete the 16-0 run (44-26).
"We needed to respond," Roberts said. "We went to the 1-3-1 and it worked, plus Hayden Bach hit a couple of big threes and played great defense to get some steals. I think Stetson is back.
"I told him to keep shooting and he hit some big shots (Friday). He's always been one of my favorite guys and he gives it all he's got."
Bach was pleased he was able to capitalize on his outside opportunities.
"I felt good about my threes, especially in the second half, and my defense," Bach said. "As a team, we all stepped up on defense."
Marquis Holder kept working defensively with a steal and a block in the fourth, and then in the closing moments Overton found Mapes for the teamís ninth three to finalize the score.
The Tigers will conclude the regular season on Monday at home against Hillsboro at 8 p.m.
"We have to win Monday, and if Alvarado wins we'll more than likely play (Alvarado) Friday somewhere," Roberts said.