After a sloppy first three minutes and only going to halftime with a five-point lead, the Tyrone boys basketball team used a big run in the third quarter to defeat Philipsburg-Osceola, 65-44, on Friday night at Tyrone High School.
The Mounties took a 12-11 lead after one quarter of play despite both teams turning the ball over many times. The Golden Eagles forced P-O into 14 turnovers in the first half, which helped Tyrone take a 27-22 lead into halftime.
“I thought we weren’t playing hard enough,” said Tyrone head coach George Gripp. “I thought they were playing with no heart and desire, and they were just getting all the loose balls and playing harder. We challenged our guys. We thought coming in this could be a trap game. Everybody is looking forward to the game tomorrow night. But I said, ‘If you don’t take care of business tonight, if this continues into the fourth quarter, we’re going to be in for a dogfight.’ The guys came out and really got a sizeable lead in the third quarter and we coasted in.
“Philipsburg is a tough team. They play hard. They have some quality players on that team. We never want to take those guys lightly.”
After falling behind 15-11 after a Ryan Whitehead three, Tyrone’s Landen DeHaas splashed a three of his own before Blaine Hoover hit another from downtown to give the Eagles a 17-15 lead with under six to play in the first half.
The DeHaas trey kicked off a 14-2 run that gave the Eagles a 25-17 lead.
P-O crawled its way back into the game though late in the period as Kaleb Richardson had a pair of buckets, while Carson Jones made a layup to go to the locker room down five at halftime.
Tyrone made a quick 9-0 run out of halftime to extend the lead to 14 in just two minutes. Hoover hit a layup and a three, while Damon Gripp and Andrew Ferguson each had baskets in the run.
Later in the period with Tyrone up a dozen, DeHaas caught fire with a pair of three-balls on two straight posessions, which was followed by another jumper from the left wing to give Tyrone a 46-26 lead with two minutes to play in the third.
DeHaas had 16 points off the bench for the Golden Eagles, and Coach Gripp said after the game that he did not see DeHaas’ performance coming.
“We sure could use him. He gave us a spark there,” said Gripp. “He’s capable of going on runs like that. It showed tonight. I was very happy with the way Landen played. That was an excellent game for him.”
Tyrone led 50-32 after three quarters of play and coasted the rest of the way. The Eagles scored the first six points of the fourth before the team started emptying their bench down the stretch.
Gripp led the way with 18 points on the night. After DeHaas’ 16, Hoover added 13 for the Eagles.
Richardson and Whitehead paced the Mounties with 13 and 12, respectively.
Tyrone improved to 7-3 on the season and will now face another big test this evening against Johnstown, which comes to Tyrone with an unblemished record of 9-0.
“We know it’s going to be a huge challenge,” said Gripp. “They’re undefeated. It’s supposed to be the best Johnstown team in 30 years. They really don’t have a weakness. They have eight or nine guys that can play hard. They have size. Their athletic ability is off the charts. We know we’ll have to play really fast.”
Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. from Tyrone High School.
Tyrone 65, Philipsburg-Osceola 44
Philipsburg-Osceola — 44
Jones 2 0-0 5, Doyle 2 0-0 4, Soltis 1 2-3 4, Richardson 4 5-8 13, Whitehead 5 0-0 12, Slogosky 2 0-0 6, Kephart 0 0-0 0, Scalzo 0 0-0 0, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Depto 0 0-0 0, Frank 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 7-11 44.
Tyrone — 65
Taylor 0 0-0 0, Gripp 5 8-8 18, Hoover 4 3-4 13, Lucas 2 2-2 6, Ferguson 3 0-0 6, DeHaas 6 0-0 16, Rhoades 1 2-3 4, Moon 1 0-0 2, Locke 0 0-0 0, Lang 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 15-17 65. Three-pointers: Philipsburg-Osceola 5 (Jones, Whitehead 2, Slogosky 2), Tyrone 6 (Hoover 2, DeHaas 4).
Score by Quarters