Glenwood made it over the .500 mark for the first time this season with two wins, one at home against Northside Methodist, 65-61 on Dec. 8 and the other at Calvary Christian on Dec. 11, 73-63.
Those two wins improved the boy’s record to 5-3 after a 1-3 start this season. Glenwood Coach Dusty Perdue noted that this was the first time since he took over as coach that the Gators are not ranked in the AISA top ten.
“This season is a journey. We have guys that have not even played varsity ball before and several new faces that we have to get to play together as a team,” said Perdue.
Perdue was pleased with his teams’ play on the 11th as they took the ten-point win against the Knights.
“We played really well and could have won by as many as 20 points but fouls called, especially in the fourth quarter, made the game a lot closer,” Perdue said.
Calvary’s MJ Brundidge took advantage of that for the Knights by scoring a game high 22 points while teammates Stuart Wells and Aaron Christopher each had 13. Calvary outscored Glenwood 27-17 in that final period to close the 20-point lead as both the Gators Bryce Valero and Chad Dykes fouled out of the contest.
Valero was second in scoring for the Gators with 11 points, as Christian Clausell again led Glenwood with 18 points.
In the win against Northside Methodist on the 8th, free throws played a key role in the close contest.
After only shooting two of three free throws in the first three periods, Glenwood went to the line 24 times in the final quarter but hit less than 50 per cent.
However, the final minute saw Nick Adams and Bryce Rosier come through with each hitting two of two and that was the four point margin of victory.
“Bryce played very well in the junior varsity game earlier in the day and I planned to use him tonight. He came up big for us,” said Perdue after the contest.
Adams set the tone as he hit two of two shots and then Rosier, who is a freshman, was fouled in the waning seconds. He stepped up and hit to give him double figures for the game with 11 and sealed the win.
The only other double figure scorer was Clausell, as he hit for 25 but was officially only seven of 14 from the foul line in the final period as Northside outscored the Gators 29-18 in the fourth quarter.
“We had a big lead, 15 points or so but just could not step on their neck and put the game away,” said Perdue after the close contest. “But you have to give them credit.”
The game was also not without controversy as Gunnar Clayton, who was credited with four threes for the visitors and 20 total points was called for a breakaway foul and left the contest with three minutes to play. Northside contested that the foul was supposed to be called on Bradley Fleming, who grabbed Clausell but the officials reported that Clayton was called for the foul first.
The Gators now take a break until this weekend when the go on the road to play two Georgia schools, Our Lady of Mercy in Fayetteville on the 15th and Houston County on Dec. 16.