|Coming off of two straight wins, Tyrone knew they had their hands full in reaching a third straight victory as they took on an explosive Indian Valley team, Friday night.
The Eagles (8-2) started strong, jumping out 6-2, but the Warriors road the Long brothers, as they would finish the quarter on a 10-0 run. Austin and Will Long scored 7 of their 12 points in the first, picking up some nice long range shots with Tyrone defenders in their face.
Tyrone struggled throughout the second quarter early, getting behind 20-10 as Austin Long and Jay Hartman stuck two treys into the Eagles’ defense.
The Eagles managed to chip away two points at a time, getting the score back to a manageable 28-23 deficit. Steve Catich came to life in the second quarter, scoring 10 of his game high 29 points and getting Tyrone back into the game.
The turnover ratio was bad for Tyrone in the second quarter, however, as the Eagles turned it over six times to the Warriors three.
With the game on the line, Long and Catich both began to step it up and showed the crowd some amazing scoring abilities as the two seniors began to battle against each other at each end.
Hartman struck first, putting the Warriors head 30-23, but Tyrone ran off a 9-3 run, cutting the score to 33-32 in favor of the Warriors.
It was Austin Long who then kept Tyrone quiet, pulling his own 10-3 run, and giving the Warriors a more secure, 43-35 lead with 1:59 remaining in the third.
Tyrone and Indian Valley traded foul shots to end the quarter, leaving the score at 45-37.
Travis Peterman started the Eagles 11-2 run with a couple of treys, giving Tyrone a 48-47 lead. Catich and Peterman scored all 11 points on the run, including three treys. The Eagles looked hot, but one thing kept them from finishing strong, foul shots.
Tyrone was fouled three times down the stretch, all during the bonus. Kyle Updyke, Peterman, and Catich all missed out on a possible six point swing by missing the first of the bonus 1-and-1. Austin Long took advantage of the situation, as the senior poured on an 8-0 run on his own again, putting the Warriors up 55-48 with 1:27 left.
Updyke answered on the ensuing possession as he drilled a three-pointer with 1:17 left, cutting the lead to four.
Tyrone fouled Hartman quickly, sending him to the line where he would miss the first in the bonus, giving Tyrone the ball back. Catich, however, was fouled and also missed his first on his chance in the bonus, keeping the score at 55-51.
With 0:40 seconds left, Tyrone sent Hartman to the line again, where he would miss yet another chance in the bonus, giving Tyrone the ball back as Peterman knocked down a clutch trey with 0:27 seconds remaining.
The game was on the line and Tyrone needed a quick foul and a last second shot to either tie or win the game, so they sent Nick Eversole to the line where he knocked down both free throws, giving the Warriors a 57-54 lead.
It was down to a last second shot. Tyrone had :24 seconds to look for an open look at a three or a quick bucket inside. The way Tyrone was shooting the ball, they decided to take a shot to tie the game.
Updyke was the first to take the three, rattling it in and out, but Johnny Franco managed to scoop up the loose ball and kicked it back to Updyke, missing again. Ben Ingle then grabbed that rebound and tried to pass it out to Updyke again, but the ball was batted around as time expired.
A thrilling finish, but Tyrone just couldn’t find a way to hold on to their 48-47 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Catich led the way with 29 points and eight boards for the Eagles, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. Peterman was clutch down the stretch, knocking down three treys in the fourth quarter and showing he can hit from anywhere in tough situations.
With the loss, Tyrone dropped to 8-3 overall and 7-2 in the MAC. Indian Valley is a tough team, and shot the ball effectively against Tyrone, Friday night. Tyrone managed to out-rebound the Warriors 21-19, but lost the turnover battle, 15-10.
The Warriors took the Long brothers and road them to the finish. The two combined for 37 points, 27 from Austin and 10 from Will. Hartman also chipped in 11 points as the three-headed monster aided the Warriors victory over the Eagles. Indian Valley moves to 7-4 overall with the win.
Indian Valley 57 Tyrone 54
Indian Valley -A. Long 11 4-6 27, Hartman 4 2-4 11, W. Long 4 1-1 10, Eversole 1 2-2 5, Saltzer 1 0-0 2, Mannino 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 9-13 57.
Tyrone – Catich 10 7-8 29, Peterman 4 0-1 11, Gehret 2 0-0 4, Updyke 1 0-1 3, Brooks 1 0-0 2, Dane 2 1-2 5. Totals 18 7-10 54.
Score by Quarters
Indian Valley 12 16 17 12 – 57
Tyrone 8 15 14 1 – 54
Three-point goals: Indian Valley–4 (A. Long, W. Long, Hartman, Eversole)
Tyrone–6 (Peterman-3, Catich-2, Updyke)
Tyrone Jayvee slide by Indian Valley
Levi Reihart led Tyrone to a 38-36 thriller with 19 points and three treys. He has been a consistent threat alongside his partner in crime, Andy Brokenshire, who chipped in eight in the win.
Tyrone 38 Indian Valley 36
Indian Valley – Walters 5 1-4 11, Mernin 4 0-0 11, Schaffer 3 0-0 7, Thompson 2 0-0 5, Barger 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 1-4 36.
Tyrone – Reihart 7 2-3 19, Brokenshire 4 0-0 8, Taylor 3 0-0 6, McKeehan 1 3-6 5, Black 0 0-2 0, Murray 0 0-1 0. Totals 14 5-12 3
Score by Quarter
IV 3 13 12 8 – 36
TYR 9 9 12 8 – 38
Three-point goals: IV–5 (Mernin-3, Schaffer, Thompson)
Tyr-3 (Reihart 3)
|Shooting for two: Steve Catich pumps up a jump shot during the Eagles contest against Indian Valley at Tyrone on Friday evening. Indian Valley edged Tyrone 57-54. (The Daily Herald Steve Michaels)|