By Gaylen Blosser
February 9, 2014
BROOKVILLE — The Tri-Village Patriots stormed back after their fist loss of the season, leading from the opening tipoff to defeat the Brookville Blue Devils 71-39 Friday highlighted with Tyler Cook scoring his 1,000th varsity point.
“I was really anxious to play tonight, just to see how we were going to respond after Tuesday’s game,” Tri-Village boys basketball coach Josh Sagester said. “I thought we were going to reveal a lot about ourselves tonight. I was proud of them. We didn’t sulk and hang our heads tonight. We did what we usually do, and that’s share the basketball and played really good defense.”
The Patriots took early control of the game, opening with nine unanswered points at the 4:03 first period mark.
Damion Cook got scoring underway with a basket followed with two Tyler VanWinkle free throws and a basket and 3-pointer from Colton Linkous.
Needing 18 points to get 1,000 career points, Tyler Cook scored his lone first quarter goal at 3:34 in the opening period.
Patriots 6-foot 3-inch junior Colton Linkous was dialed in, scoring 13 second-quarter points including three treys while Tyler Cook was adding two buckets to his career total to stand at 988 points.
“He (Colton Linkous) played phenomenal,” Sagester said. “He made shots all night long. When he makes shots we’re really good with our post offensive presence and we can make perimeter shots and open that up, it makes us even better.”
The Tri-Village defense held the Blue Devils to single digits in quarters one and two, taking a 32-11 lead at the break.
The Blue Devils offense had its best quarter of the contest, putting 17 third-quarter points in the book including three treys while T-V was adding 19 points in the quarter.
Tyler Cook opened third quarter play with his fourth basket, upping the Patriot’s lead to 34-11.
A Tyler Cook assist to younger brother Damion Cook and a score, a Tommy Bell bucket with an assist from Damion Cook and a Tyler Cook basket at 4:52 had a 40-17 T-V lead.
Linkous scored eight consecutive T-V points by way of a trey, a goal with an assist from Tyler Cook and a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 48-21 Patriots advantage.
Brookville used 1:10 to score seven unanswered points, cutting the Patriots’ lead to 48-28 followed with a Mason McCabe 3-pointer from the top of the key with 0:02 showing on the third quarter clock, closing out third period play with Tri-Village on top 53-28.
Unselfishly dishing off to teammates through the first three quarters of action, 6-foot 6-inch senior Tyler Cook was standing at 992 points, needing eight points to reach the 1,000 point plateau heading to the final quarter of play.
“Just very unselfish really good kids,” Sagester said.
With 13 seconds off the fourth quarter clock, Tyler Cook hit points 994 with a two-point basket from the free-throw line.
A Linkous basket and a 3-point Blue Devils basket at 7:06 had T-V leading 55-31.
Wearing No. 44, Tyler Cook used 2:16 to score the game’s next eight points, getting his 1,000th career point with 5:11 showing on the game clock, halting the game as Cook was presented with the game ball.
“I can tell you as a starting center, he’s (Tyler Cook) 63 and 6 as a starting center for me,” Sagester said. “He won 20 games as a sophomore, he won 26 games as a junior and now he has won 17 as a senior.”
Tyler Cook would score one more time, giving his team a 63-31 lead at 4:36 in the contest.
“Anytime you have a post presence like him (Tyler Cook) in the middle that can score offensively and can take away other teams play defensively, you have a pretty good chance to be a good basketball team,” Sagester said. “He’s special.”
With 20 points on the night, Tyler Cook’s work was done as he headed to the Patriots’ bench to a standing ovation from both schools with four minutes remaining in the game.
“His (Tyler Cook) width gives him inches. He’s got a good touch for a big man. He passes it well. You saw him make a 17 footer. He’s had a phenomenal career and obviously he will be very tough to replace,” Sagester said. “We’re not ready for that yet.”
Coach Sagester went to his bench to close out the game with the Patriots taking a 71-39 win on the road.
Linkous led all scorers in the game with 28 points followed by Tyler Cook with 20 points and Damion Cook adding 12 points.
Scoring by quarters: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tri-Village 15 17 19 20 71
Brookville 5 6 17 11 39
Tri-Village scoring: C. Linkous 28, T. Cook 20, D. Cook 12, M. McCabe 5, T. VanWinkle 2, T. Bell 2, B. Peters 2
Brookville scoring: B. Cox 8, C. Kindell 8, T. Cosculluela 6, D. Day 4, L. Delk 4, N. Middlestetter 3, D. Pennington 3, N. Calvert 2, M. Brisco 1