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Class B boys: Arnett's win an emotional one of Tyler Tune, father

Tyler Tune was at his best when Arnett needed him most Saturday, helping his team dig out of a 21-point hole.
by Jenni Carlson Published: March 2, 2013
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Allen Tune opened his arms and wrapped his son Tyler in a bear hug.

Together, they laughed and smiled and celebrated.

You have to understand — neither the coach father nor the star son show emotion on the basketball court. Stone faced, they are. So to be so jubilant on the State Fair Arena court was fairly out of character.

Then again, you don't win a high school state title every day.

Arnett and the Tunes did just that Saturday night, beating Coyle 71-60 and staking their claim as the best in Class B.

“That's all I wanted through my high school career was to win one with my dad,” Tyler said.

On a day when winning a state championship was sweet regardless of the circumstances, this one was just a little more sugary.

It started out sour. Arnett found itself in a 21-point hole early in the second quarter. Everything that Coyle did was working. Working the ball inside. Shooting from deep. Getting out in transition. Arnett had no answer for any of it.

Worse, Tune wasn't scoring.

The 6-foot-2 junior is Arnett's leading scorer, pouring in nearly 27 points a game, but in the first half, he missed jumpers and layups and even free throws. He had eight points at halftime, but if Arnett was going to make a game of it, the Wildcats needed more.

In the second half, he gave it to them.

Tune scored 31 points after halftime, and most of them came when he had four fouls. He picked up his fourth midway through the third quarter, a scary flashback to last year's title game when Arnett got in foul trouble, never recovered and got blown out by Forgan.

“You've got to stay in there,” the father told the son. “If they score, they score.”

Tyler never picked up another foul, but he didn't exactly pack it in defensively. He took two charges after picking up No. 4.

Had those calls gone the other way, it's safe to say this game would've gone the other way. How else to weigh how important Tune was?

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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