Tyrone boys set for Class B State Quarterfinals Thursday night

Staff Writer

Notes: This will be Tyrone’s second trip to the state tournament in school history, the last was in 2017, a 62-46 loss to Calumet in the state quarterfinals at Jim Norick Arena ... Paden’s only loss has been to #5 Varnum, 61-57 in overtime on Jan. 21st ... Matthew Clancy is the only senior on the Tyrone roster and was a freshman on the 2017 state quarterfinalist ... Paden is located in Okfuskee County, 76 miles east of Mustang, Thursday’s quarterfinal site; Tyrone is 254 miles from Mustang ... Paden was a state semifinalist a year ago and returns many of its starters off that squad.

What’s Next? The winner of this game advances to the state semifinals Friday night at 9:00 at Jim Norick Arena against the winner of #1 Duke (26-4) vs #6 Whitesboro (24-3)

Coach Speak: “We’re excited, to make it to state is a big deal in our little community. There’s a reason they’re 28-1, they’re very, very athletic, they’ve got two 6-5 post players that are going to be a handful to guard. They’ve got a couple of guards that shoot really well, they play a 3-2 trapping zone so they’ll pressure us, and with their length, it’s kind of tough to throw it around them. So it’s definitely gonna have some challenges, but we’re a tough matchup, too, so we’re thinking we’ve got a chance. We’re not intimidated, we’re gonna go down there and try to represent the Panhandle well.” — Tyrone head coach Clay Witt

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