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June 05th, 2020

tyronebobcatsBy JASON EPP

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TYRONE, Okla. — Tyrone’s Roberto Hernandez fought off illness and scored 21 of his game-high 27 points in the second half, including eight points in the Bobcats crucial 10-0 run that gave them the lead for good and a 65-60 victory over the Goodwell Eagles.

“He’s (Hernandez) been sick for about ten days and has not practiced at all during that time,” Bobcats coach Clay Witt said. “Tonight was a testament to how tough he is, because he has no stamina. He’s a real competitor.”

There was no greater proof than in the second half became the main offensive weapon and dominated the boards in a tight game throughout. Early in the second half, Hernandez scored nine of the Bobcats’ 11, including a three that broke a 36-all tie to go up 39-36 with 3:30 to play in the period.

Then with three minutes remaining in the game and Tyrone trailing 57-54, Hernandez took over again with 8 of the Bobcats 10 points in a 10-0 run that put the game away.

“They play good defense and had won six in a row before losing last night,” Witt said. “We looked sluggish and our offense was bad. We couldn’t find their shooters and they hit open shots. They took us out of what we wanted to do because of their pressure We were fortunate to get out with a win.”

The first half was a close affair throughout. Both teams exchanged baskets with five ties in the first quarter. Tyrone led at the end of one 16-15.

The Bobcats found some breathing room with an 8-0 start to the second quarter, but Goodwell’s Chris Hayes hit three treys in a two-minute span and the Eagles outscored Tyrone 13-4 down the halftime stretch to knot the game at 28 at the half.

Fifteen different times the game was tied with multiple lead changes intertwined. Neither team ever lead by double-digits. Tyrone was 12 of 25 from the line; Goodwell was 9 of 14.

Beyond Hernandez’s 27, Ethan Brown scored 10, Rylan Johnson 9, Kobie Williams 8, Matthew Clancy 6, and Jaxon Bell 5.

No. 8 Tyrone (12-1) will host Texhoma next Tuesday.

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