Tyrone Mountain League co-champs

The Tyrone boys basketball team clinched a share of the Mountain League championship with Huntingdon on Wednesday evening.

Tyrone coasted to a decisive 75-47 win against Bald Eagle Area on Wednesday night. The win clinched a co-Mountain League championship for Tyrone.which is the first one since 2015.

“It was critical we came out on a good note, making some shots, and playing good defense” said Tyrone head coach George Gripp.

Tyrone started the game fast with jumpers from Cortlynd Rhoades and Landen DeHaas and a offensive rebound and putback by Blaine Hoover to open up an early 7-0 lead. After a Bald Eagle basket, Tyrone then turned up its full court pressure defense, which created some steals and sparked a 12-point run. The signature play was a Damon Gripp spin move and layup in the lane over Bald Eagle 6-7 center Nick Maynard. The quarter ended with a 19-7 Tyrone lead.

Tyrone started the second quarter with back-to-back three-pointers from Rhoades and Gripp, a David Lang jumper, and a bucket by Gripp skying high in the lane over two Bald Eagle defenders. DeHaas than scored on a layup from a beautiful bounce pass from Blaine Hoover and than knocked down a three-pointer to open up a 36-9 Tyrone lead. The quarter ended with a Gripp three-pointer from the corner and a Hoover jump shot to make the score 41-12 at halftime.

Tyrone came out early in the third quarter with more defensive pressure, more steals, and more fast break points. Hoover scored off an offensive rebound and three-pointers from DeHaas, Brandon Lucas, and a long NBA three-pointer from Gripp sealed the game early and sent the Golden Eagle starters to the bench with more than two minutes left in the third quarter. The quarter ended with a Tyrone 62-27 lead.

Tyrone’s bench players played a solid fourth quarter against most of Bald Eagle’s starters. Ross Gampe, Jacob Johnson, Zach LeGars, and Keegan Gwinn all played quality minutes on both ends of the floor, which resulted in a 75-47 Tyrone victory.

Gripp led all scorers with 22 points and DeHaas chipped in with 14 points to lead the Golden Eagle attack.

“I was very pleased with tonight’s effort and we will be preparing for district play next week,” said Coach Gripp.

Tyrone won the junior varsity game, 63-38, with Johnson leading the way with 14 points.

Tyrone 75, Bald Eagle Area 47Bald Eagle Area — 47 Gaylock 1 0-0 2, Parsons 2 0-0 5, Koleno 1 1-2 4, Jones 6 1-1 15, Hoover 1 1-2 3, Wilson 2 0-0 4, Maynard 4 3-4 12, Wolfe 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 6-9 47.

Tyrone — 75 Gripp 7 5-7 22, Lucas 1 0-0 3, DeHaas 5 3-3 14, Hoover 3 0-0 6, Rhoades 3 0-0 9, Lang 2 0-0 4, Johnson 3 0-0 6, Gampe 1 0-0 2, LeGars 2 1-2 5, Gwinn 2 0-0 4. Totals: 29 9-12 75. Three-pointers: Bald Eagle Area 5 (Parsons, Koleno, Jones 2, Maynard), Tyrone 8 (Gripp 3, Lucas, DeHaas, Rhoades 3).

Score by Quarters Bald Eagle Area 7 5 15 20 — 47 Tyrone 19 22 21 13 — 75

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