As the final hours of 2012 ticked away, the Freshman Tiger basketball team grabbed a quality win on Monday.
Glen Rose (5-4) won three of four quarters on the way to a 42-40 victory over Decatur.
“It was nice to pull out that win,” said coach Sam Schuelke. “In the second half we did a few things better, such as handling their press to cut down on our turnovers, playing half-court defense and stopping their penetration to prevent them from getting so many easy baskets like they’d gotten in the first half.”
The Tigers led 14-9 after one quarter, but Decatur catapulted in a 29-21 halftime advantage. Glen Rose allowed just 11 points in the second half.
“The guys are showing signs of maturity with the way they are able to make adjustments,” Schuelke said.
In perhaps the best all-around quarter for the Tigers, they won the fourth 12-4.
“I was real happy with our fourth-quarter defense,” the coach said. “We got stops when we needed to, but more than anything we got some important rebounds. In the first half, we gave up way too many second and third chances.”
Notable scorers were Tucker Garza (20), Wyatt Goebel (6), Bailey Holder (4) and Dylan Hammond (4).
“That’s by far the best scoring game one of our players has had this year,” Schuelke said of Garza’s big afternoon. “Tucker penetrated early in the game to get his own baskets and also open up some scoring for Wyatt (Goebel) with defenders sagging off of him. Tucker then some big threes in the fourth quarter – two of the three he made overall.”
Everyone has his role to play, and thus some other Tigers caught Schuelke’s eye.
“Cashion Klipfel (3 points) got the start for us with some other guys out and he played well,” the coach said. “I thought he did a good job handling the ball and rebounding, plus he also hustled for some loose balls. Diego Ruiz (2 points) also got to play more than he has been and he took advantage of the extra minutes. He played good defense and helped protect the ball against their press.”
Schuelke was pleased to point out the Freshman Tigers have won five in a row after a 0-4 start. They can go for six on Friday at 11 a.m. when they travel to face Lake Worth.
“We just want to keep improving,” the coach said. “The key is to not take any steps back over the holidays, and so we need to play well Friday.”