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Travis Peterman drops in 16 to lead Tyrone’s quaterfinal win over United

Whoever has stated that Tyrone is a “one-man wrecking crew,” obviously has not seen Tyrone play a game this season. Throughout the year, Tyrone has faced challenges against teams who refused to let Steve Catich be a part of the game, but that’s where the rest of the squad stepped up and scored 60 points when Catich had his low games. It was Travis Peterman who stung United last Saturday, as the junior knocked down four treys and 16 points as Tyrone crushed the Lions, 66-48.
After United took a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter, Tyrone went on a 30-2 run into the second quarter behind Catich and company. Catich knocked down 12 points in the first half, as the Eagles smothered the United offense with their full-court press. Tyrone forced 12 first quarter turnovers and 19 for the half behind the press, giving them a commanding 40-18 lead.
“I scouted those guys twice through the season,” Tyrone head coach George Gripp said, “and I thought they didn’t have great ball-handling in the back court. They really only had one guy who could handle the ball well, so I knew our press and defensive pressure was going to give them trouble.”
With a 22-point lead going into the second half, Tyrone put it in cruise-control the rest of the half behind Peterman and his outstanding effort through the second half. The Golden Eagle junior racked up 16 points, 10 of which came in the second half. He managed to knock down four three-pointers through the game, and kept the Lions’ zone honest when defending the three-point shot.
Tyrone didn’t look back through the second half, as they contained the Lions under 30 points through three quarters and held them under 40 points until a few minutes remaining in the game. Tyrone never looked back from the first quarter, and everyone tallied in points around Catich’s low-scoring night.
“It seems as though we have not received any respect heading into the playoffs,” Gripp stated. “They talk about Catich being our only threat, but we have more guys on the team than just Steve Catich, and everyone knows that in our locker room. We have seven or eight guys who can score 20 points on any given night, so we are really tough to guard if you think taking Catich out of the game plan is all it takes to win.”
Tyrone went on to win easily, 68-46, improving their outstanding run to 21-4 on the year. The Eagles will face Penns Valley next Wednesday as they stand in their way of a District six-championship contention.
“When the year started, everyone was 0-0, and it’s just one and done now. There is no room for mistake, and although we beat Penns Vally by 20 in the season both times, we can’t expect the third game to be an easy win. This team is going to come out ready to play, and we just have to make good decisions, play good defense, and keep our intensity at a high level for our playoff run to continue.”
With the win, Tyrone improves their record to 21-4, but 1-0 in the playoffs which matters the most. Peterman ‘s 16 points led the way and Catich, Kyle Updyke, and Nate Dane also chipped in double-figures as Tyrone walked by the Lions in route to a third match-up with Penns Valley Wednesday night. Catich had a great night on defense, shutting down Ross Moreau any time he reached the paint.
Bobby Simon led the way for the Lions as he picked up a few late points to give himself 11 for the night in their quarterfinal round exit.
Tyrone 66 United 48
Tyrone – Peterman 6 0-0 16, Catich 5 2-2 12, Updyke 5 0-0 11, Dane 4 2-3 10, Brooks 2 3-5 7, Ingle 2 0-0 5, Gehret 1 1-1 3, Franco 1 0-1 2. Total 26 8-12 66.
United – Simon 4 1-1 11, Moreau 4 0-0 9, Freidhoff 3 3-7 9, Campbell 2 0-0 4, Hess 1 2-2 4, Fuller 1 0-0 3, Wallace 1 0-0 3, Merle 0 3-4 3, Jones 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 9-14 48.
Score by Quarter
United 5 13 6 24 – 48
Tyrone 24 16 10 16 – 66
Three-point goals: Tyrone-5 (Peterman-4, Upydke)
United-5 (Simon-2, Moreau, Fuller, Wallace)