As both the Tinora and Bryan basketball programs took the floor Saturday night at Bryan High School, one could argue it was like looking in the mirror at each other.
Both teams entered the season opener with completely new staffs, both with first year coaches, both looking for leadership on the floor with senior graduation hitting hard.
Both head coaches, Tinora’s Kris Lymanstall and Bryan’s Brook Homier were looking to get that first career varsity win on a chilly Saturday Night from Bryan.
Tinora opened up the first quarter with a fast pace, something the Rams haven’t seen since the coaching days of Andy Hunter. Ironically, coach Hunter is now the lead assistant for Rams headman, Kris Lymanstall. Tinora led Bryan 11-9 after the first quarter.
The second quarter came with much of the same from Tinora, an uptempo, push the ball approach, led by senior guard Nolan Schaefer. Schafer led the Rams to the locker room with a halftime lead for Tinora, 22-12.
As the third quarter played out, both teams saw turnovers increase, and shooting percentages decrease, Tinora scored just seven points in the third stanza, while the Rams defense held Bryan to just six points, Tinora left the third quarter with an 11 point lead, 29-18 lead.
The Golden Bears of Bryan turned up the heat on the Rams to start the fourth. Ironically speaking because it seemed, the temperature in the Bryan gymnasium was close to 80 degrees tonight.
A three pointer by Bryan senior Chris Jackson cut the Rams lead to just five, 29-24, then a steel and a bucket by Golden Bear Evan Cox cut the Tinora lead even more, 29-26 with 4:25 remaining.
Tinora junior Eli Plassman finally got the Rams on the board in the forth as he knocked down a huge three pointer from the top of the arch, increasing the Rams lead to 32-26 with just under three minutes remaining.
Over the course of the next two minutes, Tinora senior guard Nolan Schafer looked to lead the Rams to the promise land. Coming off a season where he shot 79% from the line, Schafer was to live at the charity strip over the course of the next two minutes, bucketing 9 free throws, carrying the Tinora Rams to a 42-36 season opening win. Schafer would end the contest as the leading scorer, bucketing 19 points, connecting on 15-16 free throws.
Not to be lost in the win was the great effort by Tinora senior Eric Bohn. Bohn, the lone Tinora big man, did an excellent job inside battling in the paint.
Congratulations to Tinora head coach Kris Lymanstall on varsity career win #1,
The Higbea Embroidery player of the game went to both Nolan Schafer and Kris Lymanstall. Congratulations gentleman.
Tinora starts out the season 1-0, they will host Miller City on Tuesday night from Tinora.
Bryan falls to 0-1, they will play at Wayne Trace on 12/3
Nolan Schafer – 19 points
Eli Plassman – 6 points
Luke Harris – 5 points
Lance Rinkel – 5 points
Gavin Eckert – 3 points
Eric Bohn – 2 points
Keegan Miles – 2 points
Craig Jackson – 12 points
Evan Cox – 10 points
Sam Herold – 8 points
Logan Moss – 2 points
Carter Brown – 2 points
Jase Kepler – 2 points
JV contest went to Bryan, 25-22. Bryan’s Masen Welling hit a three with .9 seconds remaining, propelling the Golden Bears to the JV win.