J.Z. George basketball

J.Z. George senior Keldrick Glover (23) puts up a contested shot during the Jaguars’ 72-65 win over Bruce Thursday night in the Region 2-2A Tournament.

Gerald Glass’ J.Z. George boys basketball team rallied from a seven-point deficit to knock off Bruce High School 72-65 Thursday night in the Region 2-2A Tournament consolation game.

The tournament is being held in North Carrollton.

With the victory, the Jaguars earn the No. 3 seed from the district for next week’s North 2A play-in game Tuesday, likely at North Side High School.

“The guys just played hard and played together,” said Glass, whose squad didn’t play its first game until Jan. 5 because of numerous delays from COVID-19. “We started out well, but Bruce played really well defensively the next two quarters. We finally got it going again in the fourth quarter.

“This is a big win for us considering our late start and everything else going on this season.”

The Trojans, who will be the fourth seed from the region, held a 58-51 lead after the third period. The Jags (3-6) trailed 61-56 at the 3:43 mark, but turned up the heat on defense and outscored Bruce 11-0 over the next two minutes for a 67-61 advantage.

D’Anthony McGlothan, who finished with a team-high 26 points, sank four free throws in the final 22 seconds to help seal the win.

J.Z. George led 30-14 after one and 41-32 at the half.

Jordun Normal tacked on 21 points, and Keldrick Glover finished with nine. Alex Criss had six.

Karon Hooper led Bruce with 28 points. Mari Armstrong tallied 17 points.

• Contact Calvin Stevens at 581-7234 or cstevens@gwcommonwealth.com.

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