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Catich scores 35 as Golden Eagles clip BEA

You could almost say it was lights out for Bald Eagle Area Tuesday night, when Steve Catich threw down a viscous dunk in the first minute of the game. It was a part of Tyrone’s 8-2 run where the Golden Eagles would never look back.
Tyrone came into the game with a solid 10-3 record, 9-2 in the Mountain League. It would be a long night for BEA, as Catich managed to score 13 points in the first quarter alone.
With the score 20-15, however, Tyrone needed some breathing room, so they kicked up the defensive pressure and forced 10 turnovers in the second quarter. It was some potent defense Tyrone used and worked it to perfection.
It started with a 13-2 run in the second quarter that gave Tyrone plenty of breathing room, going ahead 33-17 with 4:28 remaining in the first half. Tyrone was shooting the lights out, hitting over 50% of their shots, but cooled down at the end of the half, taking a solid 44-25 lead into the locker room.
At the break, Tyrone was 16-33 from the field, and had just four turnovers. On the other hand, Bald Eagle shot 8-22 from the field and turned it over 15 times. It was a one-sided battle the entire second quarter, and Tyrone owned the war.
“The kids came out strong tonight,” head coach George Gripp stated. “We stunned them with our press and hit a couple of easy shots to give us that big lead early on.”
It was safe to say that Tyrone clearly had BEA ready to leave their own gymnasium at the break. Surprisingly, they came back out and finished a relentless third quarter that left both teams in the double bonus. It’s difficult totell how many fouls were actually committed, but the scoreboard read 10-10 for both teams at the 2:00 mark.
Tyrone came out blazing again in the third, as they went on an 8-0 run in the first minute. The score was 52-27, and Catich kept Tyrone moving as he recorded 13 more points in the third, giving the Golden Eagles a high-flying 67-44 lead after three quarters of play.
“We really need to work on our help defense. They got a lot of easy drives to the hoop from 20 feet and out and no one stepped in. We did take some charges tonight, but we need to learn how to adjust accordingly to each team we play,” Gripp said.
Tyrone’s shooting percentage went slightly down in the third, as they shot 8-14 from the field. They had a great night from the field, however, as they shot 29-57.
The fourth quarter started to swing back toward BEA, as they pulled the game to a 71-55 Tyrone lead after an 8-0 run, but this was as close as the game would get in the second half. Tyrone finished off BEA with an outstanding 81-65 win on the road.
Tyrone moved to 11-3 overall and picked up double-digits in the Mountain League win column as they stand atop with a 10-2 record. Catich, Ben Ingle, Matt Brooks and Kyle Updyke all hit the double-figures on the night, combining for 71 of Tyrone’s 81 points. Updyke was all over the court, stealing passes and converted six of his 10 points all off of steals. Ingle was clutch in the second half, where he picked up nine of his 15 points in the second half alone. Brooks knocked down 11 points before fouling out, and Catich led the way, once again, with 35 points and nine boards.
Tyrone comes home on Thursday to hit up round two against Bellefonte. The Red-Raiders are known for their quick scoring and pesky backcourt.
“Ben [Ingle] definitely came in and gave us a big lift,” Gripp stated. “He’s quite capable of doing that and we have more than just one guy who can come in and score 15-20 points a night. We have Bellefonte Thursday and we all know they can shoot three’s, so we need to protect the three-point line. We missed a lot of easy shots last time down there, which created a close game down the stretch, but we know what we have to do and we’ll get to work tomorrow at practice to prepare for Thursday’s game.”
Bald Eagle’s Cole Goerlich led the way in the losing effort with 18 points including a perfect 8-8 from the foul line.
Reihart, Jayvees win big over BEA
Levi Reihart was at it again for Tyrone, as the sophomore was a perfect 5-5 from the foul line and recorded a game high 18 points. His partner in crime for the night was Jordan Taylor, who chipped in a solid 10 in the victory. Reihart didn’t knock his normal five treys a game, but still managed to lead his team to a win 47-34.
Tyrone 81 BEA 65
Bald Eagle Area – Goerlich 5 8-8 18; Fayman 5 3-5 13; Noll 5 2-6 14; Moyer 3 0-0 6; Moore 0 3-7 3; Butterworth 1 0-0 2; Drapcho 1 0-0 2; Salvanish 1 0-1 2; Taylor 1 0-0 2; Kleasac 1 0-0 2; Bravis 0 1-2 1.
Totals: 23 17-29 65.
Tyrone – Catich 13 8-12 35; Ingle 6 3-4 15; Brooks 5 1-1 11; Updyke 3 3-4 10; Dane 1 2-4 4; Franco 0 2-4 2; Peterman 1 0-0 2; Gehret 0 2-2 2; Reihart 0 0-2 0.
Totals: 29 21-33 81.
Score By Quarters
Bald Eagle Area 15 10 19 21 65
Tyrone 20 24 23 14 81
Three-point goals: BEA 2 (Noll)
Tyrone 2 (Catich, Updyke)