“They still have to come to our house.”
Those were the words uttered by Glen Rose head coach Wayne Roberts following the Tigers’ District 7-3A opening loss to Gatesville.
The Hornets did indeed make a trip to Tigertown, and left with their heads in their hands following a 58-39 loss dished out by Glen Rose on Tuesday.
Glen Rose jumped out on top early with a 6-2 lead, but Gatesville answered with an 11-4 run to end the first period, rendering flashbacks of the district opener.
Glen Rose trailed by three after one, in the previous meeting, with the second quarter ultimately spelling doom for the Tigers.
But on Feb. 3, Ryan Bruce and the Tigers would have none of that.
Glen Rose outscored Gatesville 18-12 in the second to take a 28-25 lead into halftime.
Bruce connected on eight points in the second quarter, giving him 12 for the half.
Gatesville’s star — Dominique Moore — was also on display early, posting 15 points over the first 16 minutes of play.
Glen Rose came out of the break, turned on the “O” and shut down Moore.
The Tigers posted only 11 in the third, but held Gatesville to six points, only two of which came from Moore.
“We rotated three guys on him,” said Roberts about the Tiger defensive scheme on Moore. “We put Ryan (Bruce) , Ty (Taylor) and Colt (Plaster) on him. Colt did a great job on him. He really kept him away from the basket.”
Derek Thompson scored eight of Glen Rose’s third quarter points, including the first six of the half.
The Tigers sealed the game over the first 4:20 of the fourth quarter with an 11-4 run, and held Moore to no points in the final frame.
“This was a good time for this to happen,” said Roberts. “We emphasize intensity on both ends and we got that tonight. We played two good halves for the first time this season.”
Bruce finished with 22 points, while Thompson tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Nathan Yeager also stepped up in this one with 10 points, nine boards and four blocked shots.
“It was unbelievable,” said Roberts about Yeager’s performance. “He blocked shots and took charges and that's great when you have a big man who does the little things. We you have a big man who takes charges, it forces a lot of indecisive actions from the opposing offense.”
With the win, Glen Rose has now joined Gatesville as co-leaders of District 7-3A.
For the first time this season, Glen Rose had to defend its top spot in the district when they hosted China Spring on Friday.
The Tigers answered the call with a 66-37 defeat of the Cougars.
Waylon White stepped up to the plate for the Tigers connecting on 6-10 from beyond the arc and finishing with 25 points.
“Waylon really stepped it up,” said Roberts. “If he can stay consistent and give us that third offensive threat, it will put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses.”
Bruce finished behind White with 17.
Glen Rose visited Hillsboro on Tuesday, and will travel to West on Friday for an 8 p.m. tip-off.