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Class B boys: No. 2 Arnett rolls into finals with big win over Big Pasture

by Jacob Unruh Published: March 1, 2013
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photo - Jason Frantz officiates a free throw during the Class B Boys semi-final game of the state high school basketball tournament between Big Pasture and Arnett at the State Fair Arena., Friday, March 1, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Jason Frantz officiates a free throw during the Class B Boys semi-final game of the state high school basketball tournament between Big Pasture and Arnett at the State Fair Arena., Friday, March 1, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Tyler Tune felt selfish, but he felt like he needed to be just that Friday.

The Arnett junior recorded his second straight double-double, this time propelling the second-ranked Wildcats to a 72-52 rout of No. 6 Big Pasture at State Fair Arena in the Class B semifinals.

Arnett returns to the championship game for the second straight season and will play the winner of Coyle and Red Oak at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

“That was my goal to get back to the state finals,” Tune said. “Last year, Forgan was just overall better than everyone.”

But Friday, Tune was the better player on the court, scoring 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting and grabbing 14 rebounds.

“There’s some games I have to do that, but then I like dishing the ball,” said Tune, who totaled just four assists.

Still, he delivered in the second quarter, scoring 15 points and igniting the rout with a 38-26 halftime advantage.

“He was a lot better today,” Arnett coach Allen Tune said. “He was way more aggressive and went to the hole a lot stronger today. Played more inside than outside-to-inside.”

Along with Tune, the Wildcats had three other players score in double figures. Nicolas Smith scored 16, while Trevor Bryant and Ryne Friesen each scored 11, respectively.

Arnett (22-8) never trailed and led by as many as 26. The Wildcats also scored 50 points in the paint and forced 21 turnovers.

“We struggled a little bit and didn’t shoot it very well yesterday, and today I said, ‘Hey, we got to be a little bit more aggressive,’” Allen Tune said.

Big Pasture (28-2) was led by Donald Beckham’s 17 points, 12 of which came in the first half.

The Rangers had won 27 straight games.

by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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