Final wrap: Bison Holiday Shootout

Travis M. Smith Managing Editor | @travis5mith

BUFFALO, TX – Over the holiday break, the Runnin’ Tigers wrapped up their third and final tournament of the 2015-16 season. Even without the services of point guard Tucker Garza, Glen Rose continued its dominance of pool play action and finished with an outstanding 8-1 mark across the three tourneys.

Ultimately, the Runnin’ Tigers fell short of a Bison Holiday Shootout title after bowing out to Iola in the semifinals of the knockout stage, but head coach Owen Clifton was very pleased with his team’s overall production following the long layoff.

“It was interesting because I thought we would have played a little better,” Clifton said. “Defensively I was very pleased with how we played, but sometimes after taking a break you can see an offensive drop and we did, so we will need to do a better job to address that.”


Glen Rose’s opener ended in its fourth buzzer beater this season by its fourth different player. Three Runnin’ Tigers reached double figures, which included Wyatt Goebel’s team-high 13 points, Cashion Kilpfell’s 12 and 11 more points from Devin Crawford.

Layne McAnear stole a pass with four seconds left and quickly fed the ball up the court to Klipfell for a layup and a 45-43 win.

However, as a team Glen Rose was unable to capitalize on the majority of its 22 steals and 29 forced turnovers. The Runnin’ Tigers shot just 27 percent from the field (18-66) and an even worse 4-of-34 (12 percent) from behind the arc.

“We just couldn’t put the ball in the hole,” Clifton said. “Offensively we did not play very well. Defensively we played well and turned the ball over less, so I was happy about that but we just could not put the ball in the hole.”


The Runnin’ Tigers knocked down one more shot than in their previous contest, but did so on 21 fewer shots en route to posting a 42-percent mark from the field against the SATCH Mavericks in game two of the Bison Holiday Shootout.

Wyatt Goebel Bailey Holder led the way in scoring with 14 points, each. Devin Crawford posted another solid game with 11 points, while Layne McAnear finished with five points, Cashion Klipfell with four and Brazos Overton with two points in the 50-36 route of the Mavericks.

“We played well [against SATCH]. We executed and shot the ball better, but we played better. They had one big stud and we did a good job of shutting him down. He was long and tall, but Bailey and Ethan did a really nice job switching off and containing him to five points after he scored 24 points in the game before.”


Glen Rose capped pool play with a 43-37 win over the Leon Cougars behind a game-high 19 points from Wyatt Goebel. Bailey Holder finished with 11 points, Cashion Kilpfell notched four points, Brazos Overton added three points to his tournament total, and Ethan Hartman, Layne McAnear and Devin Crawford all finished with two points, respectively.

“We came out like Glen Rose. We jumped up on the quick 12-2, and were pressing them into turnovers and making layups and shots,” Clifton said. “Then I felt like we kind of took our foot off of the gas. At half time we were up 10, but they battled back in the third quarter before we finally put them away at the end. I felt that could have been a little bit of a Christmas slump kind of deal.”


Clifton’s squad was short handed and maybe a even a little gassed heading into its semifinal matchup with the Iola Bulldogs, which is why he ultimately gave his guys a “pass” following the 45-33 loss.

“We just ran out of gas and there is no other way to put it,” Clifton said. “We had to play with a seven-man rotation and it was our fourth game in two days, so even though it was one of our worst games all year, I had to give them a pass on that.”

For the first time all season, a single Runnin’ Tiger failed to reach double digit scoring, but all seven players available for the contest scored at least one-point. Bailey Holder and Ethan Hartman led the team with eight points, Devin Crawford scored seven, Wyatt Goebel notched four, Brazos over accounted for three points, Layne McAnear two more, and Cashion Klipfell scored one.