GLASGOW — For the second time in the last three games, the Glasgow Scotties (1-3) fell to a team from the 14th District as strong jump shooting powered Bowling Green (2-1) to a 64-60 win on Tuesday night.
The Purples were able to hit six out of 10 shots from behind the arc in the first half alone in the contest, and star Isaiah Mason was able to score 17 points total while grabbing 13 rebounds to lead his team to the victory.
Despite a huge comeback in the third quarter courtesy of a 11-0 run by Glasgow, Bowling Green was still able to hold on and take the game down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
“We preach defensively that with two stops in a row, you can make a pretty good run,” coach James Willett said. “Unfortunately, they started the half out on that run. We found ourselves with a test of character on whether or not we were going to compete, and we competed on defense tonight.”
“I still like my guys,” Willet continued. “I think they compete. Most of them are seniors and they compete. They know what it takes to be in games like this. They really set down and played hard tonight.”
That test of character came when the Scotties were down 40-24 just a few minutes into the third period. Then, Glasgow made their big run thanks in large part due to the play of senior Jaden Franklin.
After scoring 12 points in the first half, Franklin would add another 13 in the second to finish with 25 points and 11 rebounds on the night for his third double-double of the season.
The Scotties were only down 45-38 to start the fourth quarter, but that’s when Mason really got going for the Purples. He came into the season ranked as one of the best players in the area, and he proved his talent on Tuesday night.
Senior guard Nik Sorrell had a very strong fourth quarter in which he scored the majority of his 18 points in the contest. However, he barely missed a crucial three with just a few minutes left in the game, and Glasgow couldn't bounce back.
“Nik had a chance at three-pointer there that went all the way in and back out,” Willett said. “If it had gone in then he would've got it within two (points) and this place would've gotten pretty wild. I don’t know how it came out. Other teams are burying theirs (shots) and ours are rattling out. It’s just part of it. We are facing adversity.”
One big bright spot for the Scotties in the contest was the play of sophomore Sam Bowling. With two starters out with an injury and an illness, Bowling stepped up and scored nine points off the bench to be the third-leading scorer for Glasgow in the game.
“He is a really good basketball player,” Willet said of Bowling. “He is talented and feels the game well. He was a little nervous early, but he settled in and had himself a heck of a game.”
Even while losing their third game within the first four games of the season, there are signs of measured improvement for the Scotties. After allowing 85 points in their past two losses, they only gave up 64 Tuesday night to a team who many have picked to win the fourth region this year.
“Yesterday we had a pretty spirited practice where we guarded the basketball and kept it from going to the middle,” Willett said. “The ball has been reversing so easily against our defense, and we are just sitting back and letting it happen."
Glasgow will play at Russell County next on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Jamestown.