Glen Rose JV survives late Keene charge

Travis M. Smith Managing Editor | @travis5mith tsmith@theglenrosereporter.com

GLEN ROSE – Springtown had three chances with under a minute to play to either tie or take the lead on Tuesday evening in Tiger Arena, but it was not until the Porcupines fourth opportunity did one find the bottom of the net. Only problem was that the buzzer had already sounded and the Glen Rose junior varsity Runnin’ Tigers had already won, 37-36.

All four late surges with Glen Rose leading by one came with under a minute to play and all four were turned away by an extremely active and heady defense.

Tyler Torres led the way for Glen Rose with a team-high 12 points and two buckets from behind the arc. Weston Ryners finished the game with nine points, which included six in the first quarter, while Connor Hansen chipped in five, Austin Mullins scored four, Adrian Lewis three, and Chance Hatfield and Colton Bunt each scored two to round out the glen rose attack.

A tight game throughout the first half continued into the second and with 4:48 to play in the third quarter, the Runnin’ Tigers trailed the Porcupines, 23-20. Mullins split a pair of free throws but Emerson was there to clean up a blocked shot and knot the game at 23.

After a Springtown free throw, Lewis banked home a three pointer for a two-point Glen Rose lead with under three and a half minutes to play in the third. A Springtown turnover led to a Torres three ball in transition and the Runnin’ Tigers lead ran to five points, 29-24.

Hansen took a rebound coast to coast for a layup at the buzzer and a 32-24 Glen Rose lead through three full quarters.

The fourth quarter started with a 7-2 Springtown run to close the Glen Rose lead to five, 34-31, with under three minutes to play in regulation. Hansen knocked down the first of two free throws, but his miss on the second led to a layup and a converted and-one on the Porcupines’ end of the court. The three-point play pulled Springtown to within one, 35-34 as the clock dwindled under two minutes.

Springtown’s full-court pressure resulted in a Hansen turnover, but the Glen Rose defense stepped up and provided a key stop and rebound with 40 ticks on the clock and did so again with 24 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. The Porcupines intercepted the final Glen Rose inbounds pass but were unable to convert at the buzzer after their timeout. Glen Rose held on for the win, 37-36.