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Tyler Grace Nips Tyler All Saints in OT + Secures Fifth Seed in TAPPS 2-4A Tournament

TYLER — Tyler Grace’s Trevor Gunt scored with 27 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, then had two key blocks in the extra stanza, and Grace defeated Tyler All Saints, 53-51, on Saturday to secure the fifth seed in TAPPS District 2-4A tournament.

The Cougars (14-13) will play Dallas Shelton on Tuesday at Grace.

Down two early in OT, Grace’s Verlo Levels took a charge on the defensive end, followed by Levi Crozer’s lead-taking layup with 1:41 remaining. Grace sank 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.

Grace’s Gunter led all scorers with 19 points, and grabbed seven boards with two blocks. Levels added nine points, and Phillip McKinney tallied eight points and four steals.

Brice Borgeson had a team-high 15 points and nine rebounds for All Saints (21-13). Spencer Ball scored 12 points, while Aston Francis and Clayton Smith combined for 13 points and six boards.

All Saints was 7-of-7 from the free throw line in the first quarter. Levels had six points in the second quarter, as the Cougars pulled within one, 24-23, at halftime.

Grace opened the third on a 6-2 run, highlighted by by a McKinney floater in the lane. All Saints finished the third on a 7-3 run, thanks to Borgeson’s three-point play near the end of the stanza, and the Trojans led, 33-32, heading into the fourth quarter.

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