Tyrone has finally shown us what they can really do. Score, and score fast. Tyrone shot out of the gates, scoring the first 12 points of the game. This was all within the first three minutes of the game. A totally different team showed up, Friday night, and Bald Eagle Area was in for a beating.
Steve Catich led Tyrone in the first quarter by continuously punishing Bald Eagle’s defense every time he touched the ball. His high-flying maneuvers and crisp shot put the Golden Eagles on top 21-6 after an amazing first quarter.
“After taking that embarrassing loss Wednesday night,” coach George Gripp said, “the guys really took it in and practiced hard Thursday night. We really came out strong and our intensity level was much higher.”
With the first quarter in the books, Tyrone showed they could shut down BEA’s offense, forcing nine first quarter turnovers. It was total domination in the first quarter and didn’t stop there.
After a Moyer trey, Tyrone took a 7-0 run, putting them up 28-9 with 5:20 remaining in the first half. Bald Eagle finally hit double-digits at 5:09 to go in the half, sparking a 4-0 run, but Tyrone came right back as they poured out another 7-0 run. With a 35-13 lead, Tyrone looked like they were running away with the game and fast.
The half ended at 36-18 in favor of the Golden Eagles. Catich led all scorers with 14 points at the break. Moyer led with eight points, all of which came in the second quarter.
“Wednesday night it seemed as though the guys were trying to play perfect,” Gripp said. “We seemed scared, and tonight we turned it around and just let it all on the line. I couldn’t be more proud of how the guys played tonight.”
Tyrone came out hot once again in the third quarter, but Bald Eagle managed to trade some baskets early on, but were outlasted the rest of the way.
With 4:38 to go in the third, Brandon Gehret decided that he was going to show some nice passing skills as he split three defenders and dished it through an opponent’s legs to Nate Dane for an easy bucket. It was a great pass, and proved to be the icing on the cake for Tyrone, pushing ahead to a 47-23 lead.
The game was well out of reach, with Catich contining to score at will, adding eight more to his total in the third.
The fourth quarter started off good again for Tyrone, as Gehret tossed another great pass down the lane to Matt Brooks for an easy two. After a Gehret foul shot, Tyrone pulled the dogs off at 6:08 remaining in the game. Both sides had the backups in, but within a minute, Bald Eagle placed their starters back onto the court. They began to creep back, recording a 14-2 run with 2:46 to go when Gripp called a quick timeout and threw the starters back onto the floor.
“I saw him [Bill Butterworth] put his jayvee’s into the game, so I put mine in. After a minute went by, he threw his starters back in. I kept our players in there, but they were a little nervous and weren’t expecting the early substitution, but they picked it up at the end, but I had to put the guys back into the game. It didn’t work out too well for the jayvee guys, but they hustled and worked hard when they were out there,” Gripp stated.
Tyrone finished the game off the way they started as they poured on a 10-4 run to end the game with an attempted “alley-oop” that Catich couldn’t put down with time running out. Tyrone won 71-52, and proved that Wednesday night was a “fluke.”
Brian Fayman led Bald Eagle with 18 points along with Moyer’s 15 in the losing effort. Bald Eagle drops to (1-3) on the year with the loss.
Catich led all scorers with 28 points on the night. He was unstoppable underneath and ran the fast-break offense to perfection. Gehret chipped in 11 for Tyrone, and set the pace with his nice passing and aggressive defense. The Golden Eagles improve to (1-1) on the year and travel to Bellefonte next Wednesday night.
“Bellefonte is a tough team to beat on the road. We haven’t won down there the passed few times we’ve played them. It is going to be a challenge to prepare for this game, but I feel if we play like we did tonight, we should have no problems next week.”
Tyrone 71 Bald Eagle Area 52
Bald Eagle Area – B. Fayman 7 4-7 18, Moyer 3 7-11 15, Bravis 3 2-2 8, Resto 2 0-0 4, Goerlich 1 1-3 3, Schall 1 1-2 3, Moore 0 1-4 1, K. Fayman, 0 0-3 0. Totals 17 16-32 52.
Tyrone – Catich 13 2-2 28, Gehret 4 2-4 11, Updyke 3 1-3 8, Dane 3 0-2 6, Ingle 2 2-4 6, Peterman 2 1-3 6, Brooks 2 0-0 4, Lynn 1 0-0 2, Franco 0 0-2 0. Totals 30 8-20 71.
Reihart, Brokenshire lead Tyrone Jayvees to victory
Levi Reihart and Andy Brokenshire owned Bald Eagle Area Friday night, as they contributed 30 of Tyrone’s 59 points in the game. Reihart continued his hot streak by scoring 17 points and 30 for the year. Brokenshire set the tone with his crisp passing and tough defense as they cruised easily to their first win on the season.
With the win, Tyrone improves to (1-1) on the year.