Hooker hands Tyrone first loss PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 14:50

By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
TYRONE, Okla. — After his team’s 73-41 loss at the hands of the rival Hooker Bulldogs on Tuesday night, Tyrone head coach Clay Witt could only shake his head. The Bulldogs had just put on a defensive clinic in handing the Bobcats their first loss of the season.
“I knew the defense was going to be suffocating,” Witt said. “We haven’t seen defense like that up to this point. I’ve seen Hooker play, I knew what they ran and I knew it was going to be a shock to our guys.
“I told the guys if they could take the first hit and get through it, I thought we could make it a game. We did not. It got way more physical for us than we’re comfortable playing.”
The Bobcats were shocked from the start as Hooker (5-4) opened with an 8-0 run and led 27-4 at the end of the first quarter.
“We’ve been playing a little bit harder everyday, said Hooker head coach Bud Valerius. “I think this was probably, up to this point, the best we’ve played all year. I could tell pre-game our kids were ready to play.”
Joe Bean scored 12 of Hooker’s 27 points in the first quarter and had several shot blocks.
“He’s one of those leaders,” Valerius said. “He’s an emotional leader, verbal leader.”
“It intimidated my guys a little bit, I think,” Witt added.
Hooker increased its lead to 47-12 at halftime, but the Bobcats (7-1) were able to make some adjustments, outscoring the Bulldogs 17-12 in the third quarter.
“Seeing that type of defense is going to make us better,” Witt said. “It’s going to make all the games that we play seem easy.”
Bean led Hooker with 16, Alex Sanchez added 14, J.D. Ingland and Drew Faulkner seven and Guerrero Garcia six.
Tyler Lai led Tyrone with 10 points, Austin Olivas seven, Jacob Williams and Adan Lomas each scored six.

 

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