Garza's career-high 29 leads Runnin' Tigers over Gatesville
GATESVILLE – Eight days ago, Bailey Holder dropped a career-high 23 points on the Lorena Bobcats, and it did not take long for one of his Runnin’ Tiger teammates to one-up his performance.
Tucker Garza torched the Gatesville Hornets for a career-high 29 points on seven-of-eleven (64-percent) shooting from the floor and three-of-eight (38-percent) from deep. He also drained all six from the free throw line, dished out six assists and picked the pockets of five Gatesville ball handlers – all while only committing a single turnover.
Whatever the Garza family ate on Thanksgiving may need to be incorporated into the everyday diet of the senior point guard.
“Tucker played some defense tonight,” Glen Rose Head Coach Owen Clifton stressed after his team’s 69-51 win. “He probably had 13 deflections, he anticipated well, he ran the point guard extremely well tonight and he just played a great game. He drove the ball very well and they were playing him real aggressive on their ball screens, so he was just blowing by them on the baseline.
“He really did not shoot the ball well in the first half, but he did everything we wanted him to tonight. This was his best game all year. His defense is what got him those numbers.”
As a team, (6-1) Glen Rose held Gatesville to 15 first half points and limited the Hornets to one-of-seven shooting (14-percent) from behind the arc. The Runnin’ Tigers forced 26 turnovers, while only committing 13 themselves.
“We just played hard tonight. I felt like this was the first game this season where we played all four quarters,” Clifton said. “[…] I thought they all played really hard tonight and we are getting a little bit better, so it’s getting pretty exciting.”
“[…] We didn’t have much of a turkey hangover,” Clifton joked. “We still worked out over the break, so they did not have the full week off, and I felt like they really came into this game hungry for some basketball.”
The Runnin’ Tigers built a 28-15 halftime lead, and expanded that to 49-28 by the end of the third quarter. Thanks to Ethan Hartman’s efforts crashing the lanes and Garza’s continued dribble pressure leading to open options down low, Glen Rose was able to knock down 16 of its 17 field goals inside the paint.
Wyatt Goebel continued his strong play with 11 points, four assists and a team-high seven boards, while Cashion Klipfel and Hartman accounted for six points, each. Devin Crawford and Bailey Holder both notched five points, Logan Thames found the bottom of the bucket for four of his own, and Brazos Overton’s three rounded out the scoring.
Glen Rose will take another seven-day hiatus before returning to the hardwood to host Springtown on Tuesday, Dec. 8. If the Runnin’ Tigers can play Springtown well, Clifton thinks it will help to propel his team into the Glen Rose Lions Club Tournament the following weekend with a little extra momentum.