By JASON EPP
High Plains Daily Leader
BALKO-Anytime your doing something for the first time it can anxious, and often does not turn as we plan.
But for Tyrone head coach Clay Witt coaching in the playoffs for the first time turned out to be quite a treat as his Tyrone Bobcats dominated the Goodwell Eagles 56-25 in the first round district matchup.
"That's my first playoff experience, and I've been nervous," said Witt "My players told me don't be nervous coach, we got this. They came out and performed for me, so I'm happy with them. That was as good of a performance as we've had."
And perform Tyrone did. After Goodwell's Trey Beck scored with 4:39 left in the first quarter to give the Eagles a 4-3 lead, the Bobcats took complete control of the game.
Tyrone held Goodwell scoreless for the rest of the first quarter and led 14-4. But they did not stop there. Tyrone held Goodwell scoreless throughout the entire second quarter, and led 29-4 at the half.
Even though the Bobcats trapping defense was tough, even Clay new it was not all just great defense.
"Goodwell certainly had some shots, and they just would not fall for them, and they were falling for us," said Witt.
Tyrone continued to hound Goodwell on the defensive end, and push up the floor for fast break points. And when Austin Olivas hit a circus shot that kissed off the backboard and in late in the third quarter, it gave Tyrone their largest lead of the game at 47-8.
Witt was pleasantly surprised at how well their press had work compaired to the last time these two teams played.
"I felt like our intensity on our press was better. The last time we pressed them we didn't have that success. They did a good job of breaking it. Maybe it was nerves on their part."
The Bobcats were led in scoring by Olivas, who scored 12 in the third, and 23 overall. Adrian Ramirez, Adan Lomas, and Jacob Williams each added 6.
Austin Glover led the Eagles with 5, Trey Beck, Erik Carrillo, and Kelly Westcott each added four.
The win moves the Bobcats on to the district finals to take on the host team Balko.