By GREG CREWS
The Guymon Daily Herald
GOODWELL, Okla. — No big man, no problem.
The Tyrone Bobcats were dealt an early blow Monday as 6-foot-5 senior center Jacob Williams picked up two early fouls and was forced to sit most of the first half.
Austin Olivas made sure the Bobcats would be fine until their big man was back on the court, scoring a game-high 30 points to lead Tyrone to a road win over the Goodwell Eagles, 65-51.
“I don't think it makes that big of a difference, it just means other people have to step up,” Olivas said of playing without one of their starters. “We played pretty good. We could have done better, we could have cut down on our mistakes, but we played pretty good.”
The Bobcats (2-0) sprung out to an 8-1 lead, but after Williams went to the bench, Goodwell (0-1) battled back to cut the deficit to 9-7. That’s as close as Olivas would let it get, scoring nine of his team's next 14 points as Tyrone extended its lead to 23-13 early in the second quarter.
The Eagles got their offense back on track in the second quarter but was unable to get back in the game.
“We made a lot of bad mistakes. That was not as good as we could play,” said Goodwell junior Erik Carrillo who paced the Eagles with 18 points and 10 rebounds. “We played bad defense. We were jumping up whenever they were faking and not setting our feet right.”
Tyrone led 34-22 by halftime and 50-31 by the end of the third quarter.
“It’s their second game and I felt that they built on their first game a bit,” Tyrone coach Clay Witt said. “They are making some of the same mistakes, but we played Friday and then came back and played Monday, so we haven't had a chance to get in the gym and work anything out, and they we go to Felt on Tuesday.
“I told the guys if we can get through (Tuesday), we’ll get back in the gym and fix some of these mistakes, but they are giving me good efforts and that's all I'm looking for right now.”
Senior guard Tyler Lai finished with 11 points and three rebounds for Tyrone, while junior guard Travis Shield added 10 points and Williams recorded nine points and 10 rebounds. Senior Adan Lomas had three points and eight rebounds and senior Colter White chipped in with two points.
Sophomore forward Adam Fick joined Carrillo as the only other Eagle in double-figures, totaling 12 points and six rebounds. Junior Ryan Bryant and sophomore Kenneth Mason each had eight points and six rebounds and sophomore Austin Glover added three points and three rebounds.
“We’re young and we made too many silly mistakes," Goodwell coach Scott Strain said. “We didn’t block out well and gave them too many second chances; things that are correctable. We just have to get in the gym and get after it.”
The Bobcats played again on Tuesday night in Felt, Okla., and results will be in the next edition of The High Plains Daily Leader.