Logan Johnson’s baseline jumper tied the game up for Penns Valley with five second left in the game but the Rams fell to Tyrone 57-49 in an overtime thriller Monday night.
“It was great high school basketball game,” Penns Valley coach Terry Glunt said. “We got down early and I was really excited with the way the boys came back to within one at halftime. We were only down three after three quarters. We had a really nice fourth quarter to tie it up.
“It was back and forth. I’m just glad the boys had the opportunity to play in a great high school basketball game.”
The Rams, who suffered their first loss of the season, opened the game with a five-point first quarter but their defense prevailed in the second holding the Golden Eagles (9-3) to just five points. Zach Engle led Penns Valley (8-1) with 17 points, while Dalton Ulmanic (13) and Luke Weaver (11) also had double digit scoring.
Tyrone’s Brandon Gripp did all of the damage by scoring a game-high 30 points and was 12 for 14 from the free throw line.
“Brandon Gripp was the league’s MVP last year,” Glunt said, “we tried our best to hold him down. He is extremely gifted and talented.”