Tiger basketball lost a nail-biter in Alvarado Friday, Jan. 17, but for awhile it looked like Glen Rose might get left in the dust.
After trailing 15-4 through one quarter, Glen Rose (11-9, 0-2) rallied to take the lead in the second half before Alvarado struck back late to win 44-41.
“We can’t let the pressure get to us and dig ourselves a hole like we did,” said coach Wayne Roberts. “Most of their points in the first quarter were off our turnovers. I’m proud of them for fighting back to take the lead, but turnovers also cost us late. Alvarado has a really good shooter and their post players stepped up.”
Jeffrey Harris (14 PT, 12 RB, 4 STL) had one of his better all-around games in the loss. Other scorers were Peyton Lytle (7 PT, 2 RB, AST, STL), John Henry Powell (5 PT, 4 RB), Justin Potter (5 PT, AST, STL, BLK), Jayden Reynolds (4 PT, 6 RB, AST, STL), Sam Strother (2 PT, 3 RB, 2 AST, STL), Tucker Garza (2 PT, 3 AST) and Ethan Hartman (2 PT, 2 RB).
Alvarado scored in a variety of ways – mainly midrange jumpers – during its dominant first quarter. Struggling with turnovers, the Tigers would’ve been shut out if not for two putbacks by Powell. Despite their issues, four Tigers had multiple rebounds in the frame.
“John Henry battled and put those shots back up to keep us from getting blown out in the first quarter,” Roberts said.
The Tigers were the ones to get defensive in the second quarter, winning it 10-4. Harris had two steals in the quarter, while Potter made a three and then Lytle added one of his own at the halftime buzzer for a 19-14 deficit.
“Our defense is pretty good,” Roberts said. “Their success is more about points off our turnovers than scoring when we’re set. Those threes were big shots at crucial times to give us a chance.
“We need them more often. Potter played great, especially on defense.”
Glen Rose was at its best in a third quarter it won 16-12, thanks to a spectacular surge from Harris. The senior, who grabbed four rebounds in each quarter of the second half, outscored the entire Alvarado team 13-12 in the third and hit two threes. Garza had three assists in the quarter, including one for a reverse layup by Hartman.
“Jeffrey played well and got back on his game, which was good to see,” Roberts said. “Tucker had a pretty good game.”
The fourth quarter was close throughout, as Potter and Lytle both made a pair at the free throw line and Garza attacked for a layup. With a minute to go, an Alvarado player made and then missed a free throw. A teammate got the rebound and made a putback to put the hosts up three.
“When that guy got their missed free throw and put it back in to go up by three, I felt like that was the biggest play down the stretch,” Roberts said.
Lytle then drove for a layup, but Alvarado responded with two made free throws.
“We need that more consistently (from Lytle),” Roberts said. “He can convert those chances.”
The Tigers got the ball to Harris for a three-point try to tie in the final seconds, but it didn’t fall after the senior had barely touched the ball at all in the quarter.
“They took Jeffrey away late,” Roberts said. “He had to earn every bucket (Friday).”
The Tigers return to the court Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Venus at 8 p.m.
“We have to handle their pressure next time and we’ll be fine,” Roberts said.