By Ronald Frazier
The Gators won their last two games, one on the road and one at home to improve their record to 8-4 on the season before the Christmas break. Glenwood was off before annual after Christmas “Border Wars” tournament today and tomorrow.
Glenwood returned home on Dec. 18th and hosted Edgewood Academy and came out on top, 57-44. It was the second quarter that gave the Gators the advantage as they outscored the Wildcats, 18-5, the margin of victory.
The rest of the contest was a close battle as the Wildcats focused their attention on Glenwood’s leading scorer, Christian Clausell and limited him two just two first-half points.
“Nick Adams was the difference in the first half and Bryce Rosier came off the bench and hit a couple of big shots for us,” said Glenwood coach Dusty Perdue after the contest. “Darryl Free, who worked here at Glenwood is their coach and he knows what we run on offense and defense so that made the game interesting. We got a big lead but had some turnovers that got them closer and we needed to finish. I think that we had as much as a 21-point lead before the final margin.”
Clausell also came back and scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to keep the Wildcats at bay. Adams was the other double-figure scorer for Glenwood with all of his 11 coming in the first half. Wildcats’ leading scorer JC Bush led all scorers with 19 but was the only Edgewood player in double figures.
“I liked the way the rest of the team played and picked up the scoring and for the most part we played better. We just need to cut down on turnovers,” Perdue said.
The next day in Troy, the Gators wound up taking an extra period to take a 60-57 win.
“The gym was hot and the humidity had the floor sweating badly,” said Perdue of the overtime win. “But it was good to win going into the break. We had a good balance of scoring and gave up the lead with some turnovers late but did what we needed to do to win in the end.”
Pike had three double figure scorers with Ethan Green getting 13 and Javon Christian and Reed Jinwright each scoring 12. Again Clausell was the Gators leading scorer as he had a game-high 20 points and Brooks Barton chipped in with 13 more. Adams had his second straight 11-point game to make it three double figure scorers for Glenwood.
Glenwood will return tonight and play Deerfield-Windsor of Albany at 7 p.m. in their first Border War game and then battle Unity Prep in the second game on the 29th at 8:30 p.m.