GLEN ROSE — With two games remaining in the District 8-4A season, the Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers hold their playoff destiny in their hands.
If they beat Godley Friday night in their final regular-season home game of the year, the Tigers are in the playoffs. If they lose, it’s anyone’s guess.
“If we win Friday it’s over, we’re in,” Clifton said following the Tigers’ 42-31 victory over Alvarado Tuesday night at Tiger Arena. “Now we’re in control, and it’s a good feeling knowing that we have to win Friday, and we can start making plans for the first round of the playoffs.”
Currently, the Tigers hold a one-game lead over Godley. After the two teams play Friday, Godley (16-12, 3-7) hosts Venus (9-24, 1-9) and Glen Rose travels to Waxahachie Life School (28-7, 8-2). If the Tigers lose both, and Godley wins both, Godley would be fourth and Glen Rose would be out.
“We’re excited and hopeful that we can take care of business Friday, especially being at home and taking care of our home court on Senior Night,” Owen said.
If Glen Rose loses its last two games and Godley wins just one, there would be a play-in game for the fourth playoff spot.
With their win over Alvarado Tuesday, the Tigers, who have won two of their last three games, improved to 11-21 overall and 4-6 in district play.
“I think we are playing our best basketball of the season,” Owen said. “We are learning and being smart, and the pressure doesn’t bother us like it used to. Now we’re more patient and not in a hurry. I feel confident with our team as we get better every week and that’s what we want.”
Glen Rose held a 25-23 lead over Alvarado heading into the final quarter. The Indians scored the first two buckets of the quarter to lead 27-25 with 7:11left.
At that point, however, the Tiger defense buckled down and held the Indians scoreless for the next 5:40. In the drought, Alvarado went 0 for 4 from the field and committed 10 turnovers.
Offensively, the Tigers pulled away. With 6:56 left, Drayden James converted a three-point play to give the Tigers the lead for good at 28-27. Following a driving layup by Logan Thames to push the lead to 30-27, the Tigers connected on 9 of 12 foul shots before Austin Worthen completed a three-point play with 25.6 seconds left in the game.
In all, the Tigers hit 11 of 14 foul shots in the fourth quarter.
“In the fourth quarter, we only gave them one shot at a time and that was good. That was key for us,” Owen said.
The Tigers trailed 7-6 in the low-scoring first quarter before Kasen Keese and Kolton Mooney drained back-to-back 3-pointers at the end of the quarter to give Glen Rose the 12-7 lead.
Both teams has trouble scoring in the second quarter as well. Alvarado tied the score at 16-16 with 55 seconds left in the half, and a basket by James lifted the Tigers to the 18-16 advantage at the break.
Glen Rose didn’t score for the first three minutes of the third quarter and Alvarado regained a 20-19 lead with 2:55 left. Thames started a 6-3 Tiger run to end the quarter with a three-point play with 2:42 left. Thanks to a Worthen 3-pointer, the Tigers led 25-23 heading into the final quarter.
Worthen led the Tigers with 12 points, while James and Thames added nine points each.