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Tyrone and Central Ready for Action in First Round of District Playoffs

Last season the Tyrone Golden Eagles marched deep into the playoffs and very nearly captured the District Six-AAA crown. This season they hope for another chance at the District Championship, and the road back to the championship winds through the playoffs and begins against the Scarlet Dragons of Central.
It will be the second time this season the two squads have faced off, with the Golden Eagles winning the first contest back on January 4th by the count of 60-51.
“I think it will be a pretty close game between two evenly matched teams,” stated Central Head Coach Reggie Nevins. “It will come down to whoever makes the plays.”
Nevins will be counting on Darren Horton for some offense in the rematch with Tyrone, as Horton dropped 20 points on the Golden Eagles back in January and led the game in scoring.
“Horton’s been in the 20’s every game,” commented Tyrone Head Coach Mike Harris. “It’s Coach Nevins’ last year, and they want him to go out on a high note. It’ll be tough.”
Tyrone has relied on Tyler Mertiff and Brady Hoover for the bulk of their scoring this season, and for the Golden Eagles to win their first playoff game the two will have to keep the scoring up.
“We’re going to have to try to keep him off the boards,” commented Nevins on Hoover. “Tyler (Mertiff) is best in the open court. They’re going to be hard to contain, but hopefully our guys will make the plays.”
“They’re going to turn it up,” Harris responded when asked about Hoover and Mertiff. “Great players step it up in crunch time.”
Tyrone and Central tip off Friday at the Hollidaysburg Junior High School at 7:30. The Golden Eagles played three times at the sight earlier this year in the Golden Tiger Roundball Classic.
“It gives us a little comfort zone,” stated Harris of his team’s previous experience on the court. “Our kids are familiar with the court. Courts are the same dimension wise, but some are smaller and some are bigger. We played really well there too.”
The Scarlet Dragons enter the game with a 14-10 record, and have gone 2-2 in their last four games. The Golden Eagles are one game behind their opponents with a record of 13-10. Tyrone is riding a three-game winning streak into the playoffs, and will no doubt be looking to keep the win streak rolling throughout the playoffs.