MIDWEST CITY— If Arnett star Tyler Tune is still ailing from a severely sprained ankle he suffered two weeks ago, it wasn’t evident on Thursday night.
Tune had 22 points, leading the Wildcats to a 63-43 win over Southwest Covenant in the first round of the Class B boys state tournament at Carl Albert.
“The ankle definitely still hurts, but I’ve just got to play through it this time of year,” said Tyler Tune, who was in a protective walking boot after the game. “I still can’t jump off two feet at all. That’s probably the worst part about it. Luckily, it’s not just about me on this team. We’ve got other guys stepping up and making plays, too.”
Tune suffered the ankle injury two weeks ago during the regional tournament, and was not expected to be at 100 percent the rest of the postseason.
After a slow start for the 6-foot-5 Southwestern Oklahoma State signee, he poured in 13 in the second half as the defending state champions outscored Southwest Covenant 30-18 over the final two quarters.
“He’s able to play at about 80 percent right now,” said Tyler’s coach and father Allen Tune.
Senior Nicolas Smith had 17 points, 13 in the first half, for Arnett (22-8). Junior Ryne Friesen added 14 points.
“(Smith) and Friesen both really stepped up for us,” Allen Tune said. “Coming in, we knew the middle of their defense was going to be open and those guys did a great job of finding those openings and hitting shots.”
Making its first state tournament appearance in school history, Southwest Covenant (16-6) was led by junior Josh McMinn’s 16 points.