“I could care less about how much I scored,” Tyler said. “I'm just glad we won.”
Thing is, he had to score a bunch for Arnett to win.
Coming out of halftime, Arnett decided to push the ball. The team runs and passes well in transition, and even better, that tends to open the floor for Tyler.
The formula worked as Coyle rarely doubled Tyler.
“In the first half, they did,” Allen said of Coyle double teaming Tyler. “In the second half, they didn't double over but we ran him off the outside. That got him one-on-one in the post.”
Tyler was at his best when Arnett needed him most. With Arnett trailing by one at the start of the fourth quarter, he scored 18 of its next 20 points. When all was said and done, he scored or assisted on 22 of Arnett's 26 points in the definitive fourth quarter.
“Fantastic,” the father said of the son's performance.
And when the game was decided and only a few meaningless free throws had yet to be shot, Tyler ran to the bench for that hug with his dad. Tyler had seen his brother come close to a state title when he was playing for their dad at Fargo, but they only ever made it as far as the state semifinals.
To make the finals and win?
To have that hug?
“I almost teared up,” Tyler said.
“I actually did a little bit.”
No shame in that. It looked like dad might've had something in his eye, too.
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