By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
With the flu and injuries claiming several starters for the Tyrone Bobcats Coach Clay Witt ended up starting all sophomores and freshmen against Keyes. But the baby Bobcats did not bend, and responded with a big third quarter that propelled them to a 55-40 win over the Pirates.
At the half, Tyrone was clinging to a four-point lead, and had struggled mightily at times in the first half.
But the halftime adjustments paid off as the Bobcats came out fired up and pushed their lead to as many as 24 in the third quarter, and led 45-26 heading into the fourth.
Tyrone slowed the pace, and ended the game with a 15-point margin of victory.
"The third quarter of the story of the game for us," Bobcats coach Clay Witt said. "We went on a good run."
Tyrone took the early lead, 17-12 at the end of the first quarter, but Keyes stayed close with a 7-6 advantage in the second.
"There were times we played great; there were times we didn't play well at all," Witt said. The key was that we played much better defense after halftime."
Tanner Hurst led the Bobcat scorers with 14 points; Austin Pickering added 12, and Austin Olson 11. The Bobcats also got 9 points from Ty Harvey, who just returned from an injury.
Tyrone (13-7) will host Yarbrough Thursday for homecoming.