Tyrone rallies in 2nd half before losing in OT
JOHNSTOWN — Tyrone overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to tie the game going into the fourth quarter, then a six-point deficit in the final minute to force overtime.
However, the Golden Eagles could not overcome foul trouble. Without Damon Gripp and Brandon Lucas, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, Tyrone had trouble scoring in overtime and fell, 82-73, to Johnstown in a game that had a playoff-like atmosphere.
“We probably missed eight to 10 layups during that game,” Tyrone coach George Gripp said. “We win that game if we make those layups. Johnstown gets you playing at a frantic pace. They sped us up a little bit, and I’m sure that had something to do with it.
“I just didn’t think we competed on the defensive end and on rebounding in the first half. We talked about that at halftime, and we obviously cleaned it up and played with a little more purpose and desire on defense, and that brought us back into the game.”
At halftime, the game looked like it would be more of a blowout than a game that went into overtime. The Golden Eagles missed a number of 3-pointers as well as layups in the first half. They also struggled defensively against the Trojans.
Gershon Simon hit two late 3-pointers, including one at the halftime buzzer, to give Johnstown a 35-24 lead at intermission.
Tyrone looked like a totally different team coming out of the locker room for the second half. The Golden Eagles opened the second half on a 14-2 run, grabbing their first lead on a layup and free throw by Jake Taylor with 4:12 left in the third quarter. Taylor had five points during the run, and Gripp had four points during the run. Landen Dehaas also hit a key 3-pointer.
Joziah Wyatt-Taylor scored an inside bucket to stop the run. From there, both teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter. Wyatt-Taylor took the ball coast to coast late in the half to tie the game at 46 heading into the final quarter.
Johnstown appeared to grab control of the game early in the final frame. The Trojans used an 11-1 run in the middle of the fourth quarter to grab a 59-51 lead with 2:31 left in the game.
Tyrone battled back over the final minutes. Lucas had eight points in the fourth quarter, including a key 3-pointer with 35 seconds left to draw the Golden Eagles within three. Cortlynd Rhoades was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 12.2 seconds left on. He drained all three foul shots to trim the Trojans’ lead to 67-66.
Wyatt-Taylor made only 1-of-2 free throws, leaving the door open for Tyrone. Blaine Hoover rebounded a missed shot and scored on a put back at the buzzer to send the game to overtime tied 68.
The one downside of Tyrone’s fourth-quarter run was that both Gripp and Lucas fouled out. They combined for 26 points before fouling out.
“We were exhausted,” Gripp said. “We didn’t have our legs in overtime. We missed some shots. The two biggest kids we had fouled out. We didn’t have any size. We knew they were going to go inside to Wyatt-Taylor and he had his way against our smaller guards inside. That was the ballgame.”
“They are really well coached, and their kids play hard,” said Johnstown head coach Ryan Durham.
TYRONE (73): Taylor 6 6-7 19, Gripp 8 0-0 16, Lucas 3 3-4 10, Dehaas 2 1-4 6, Hoover 3 2-2 8, Rhoads 4 3-3 14, Lang 0 0-0 0, Gwinn 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 15-20 73.
JOHNSTOWN (82): Britt 2 1-2 7, Franklin 8 8-11 24, Matula 0 0-0 0, Simon 8 2-4 22, Wyatt-Taylor 7 6-10 20, Williams 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Toney 1 3-4 6, Harris 0 3-4 3. Totals 26 23-35 82.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Tyrone 10 14 22 22 5 — 73
Johnstown 16 19 11 22 14 — 82
3-point field goals: Tyrone 4 (Rhoades 3, Taylor); Johnstown 7 (Simon 4, Britt 2, Toney).
Records: Tyrone (10-1, 6-0); Johnstown (12-1, 7-1).
JV: Tyrone 66-49.