Eagles Soar Over Bison

Ellie Oakes
Damon Gripp

The Tyrone boys basketball team improved their record to 6-0 on the season Friday, December 20 with a dominating 90-30 victory over the Clearfield Bison.

Both Clearfield and Tyrone struggled to get points on the board in the first quarter, leaving the score at 17-13 Tyrone after eight minutes of play. 

Tyrone started out the game with their high press defense to try and gain momentum from the very beginning. Clearfield was able to stay with the Golden Eagles for the majority of the first half but Tyrone’s defensive pressure stood too strong for the Bison as they started to struggle with turnovers.

Tyrone’s Damon Gripp led the charge for the Eagles putting up 33 total points. 22 of those points coming in the first half were Tyrone led 41-30. Landen Dehaas added 19 points throughout the game as well. 

“[Scoring 33 points] felt good and my team was able to give me the ball and we were able to push the ball in transition and win rebounds off of transitions. It was good tonight,” said Gripp. 

While Tyrone continued to take advantage of takeaways throughout the third quarter, Clearfield still struggled with getting their shots to fall, finally ending their scoring drought four minutes into the quarter. 

Cade Walker led the scoring for Clearfield putting up 19 points. Followed closely by Karson Rumsky with 18. 

Clearfield’s defense held up strong through the first half and halfway through the third quarter but Tyrone’s offense which is averaging over 70 points a game was too explosive for the Bison. 

Late into the third quarter, the intensity started to rise and the fouls started to add up for the Bison as two players fouled out towards the end of the game. Tyrone took advantage of these fouls and started to pull away from the bison making the score 59-41 at the end of the third quarter.

The powerful Eagles offense continued to add onto the score gap as sophomore Landen Dehaas scored 10 in the fourth quarter. 

Clearfield continued to struggle with fouls in the fourth quarter and Tyrone continued to take advantage, making 10 out of 14 foul shots in the quarter. 

We were looking to make it to Christmas break undefeated and we accomplished that”

— Coach George Gripp

Tyrone stands at 6-0 with their next competition being at the annual Kiwanis tournament in Tyrone on December 27th 

“We play Bellwood, we should be fine against them, Hollidaysburg is who we are really worried about,” said Damon Gripp.