WACO — De’Quan Cross waved his arms wildly and jumped, just missing touching the sideline and getting a delay of game call.
Instead, five seconds passed and 5-foot-5 Glen Rose guard Stetson Overton couldn’t inbound the ball.
“Coach just told me to play big,” Cross said. “When I saw they had a smaller inbounder I just started jumping. ... When I heard them make the (5-second) call, I was just like, ‘Yes, that is some defense.’”
The turnover allowed Gatesville to run out all but the final tick of the clock as it defeated the Tigers 35-33 in overtime at Waco Midway High School in the 3A bi-district playoffs Tuesday.
Gatesville started hot, scoring the game’s first 10 points, seven coming from senior post Danny Byrd, who led the Hornets with 11 points.
Glen Rose slowly came back.
The Tigers scored the last six points of the first quarter, including a fast-break layup by Cody Burtscher as time expired.
Justin Massey and Byrd both hit 3-pointers to stretch the Gatesville lead to 19-9 with 3:17 left in the second quarter.
Glen Rose outscored Gatesville 14-1 in the third quarter and did not allow the Hornets a single field goal over a 16:35 stretch.
“Every time we came over, coach told us that we still had not made a shot,” Gatesville senior Tobias Moore said.
By the time the Hornets finally dropped a shot into the bucket, Glen Rose led 24-20. Massey’s 3-pointer with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter gave Gatesville the shot in the arm it needed.
“Their zone gave us some problems, but we had some open looks and we just did not knock them down,” Gatesville coach Thomas Winkler said. “I am not sure if it was just being in the playoffs or what.”
Tigers senior Ben Cappock drained a 3-pointer with 1:09 remaining and Glen Rose went up by two. However, Cross got underneath the basket for a bucket with eight seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.
Once there, Seth Martin hit a 3 from the top of the key and the Hornets hit just enough free throws to hold on for the win.
“Defense is what we hang our hat on,” Winkler said. “We probably practice defense 75 percent of the time and in a game like that it shows.”
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