Tyler Tune was Arnett’s star in its Class B title run last season at State Fair Arena, but Tune and his nearly 30 points per game have been hobbled by an ankle injury.
Tune suffered the injury in the regional finals last weekend.
“It was so bad that I thought it was broken and he was done,” his coach and father Allen Tune said. “We got it checked out and nothing was broken, but he was probably only about 60 percent (Saturday night).”
Tyler sat out Friday’s area tournament game, but returned for Saturday’s win-or-go-home game against Verden.
Verbally committed to Southwestern in Weatherford, the 6-foot-5 Tune is averaging nearly 30 points and 13.5 rebounds per game for second-ranked Arnett. The Wildcats open state tournament play with Southwest Covenant at 7 p.m. Thursday at Carl Albert.
“We’re hoping he’s up to about 85 or 90 percent by Thursday,” Allen Tune said. “On Friday, he couldn’t even jog, but now he can jog and put some pressure on it.”
SOUTHWEST COVENANT MAKING FIRST TOURNEY TRIP
It took until the last poll of the regular season for Southwest Covenant to enter the Class B rankings, grabbing the final spot at No. 20.
Then the Patriots spent the next three weeks proving they should’ve been in the top 20 all along.