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March 5, 2014

Tipton pulls away from Alex

Degenkolb scores 35 in Blue Devils' win.

ALEXANDRIA — The 2013-14 version of Tipton boys basketball looks a bit different than it has in recent years.

Four of the Blue Devils who took the floor in Tuesday’s Class 2A sectional opener against host Alexandria played roles on last season’s run to a third consecutive semistate appearance. The other six were experiencing the postseason for the first time as the squad began its quest for a fourth straight sectional title.

It took Tipton a half to work out the rubbery legs associated with the nervousness, but with the help of sophomore Mason Degenkolb, the Devils broke free from what was a tight ballgame in the first half and hold off the Tigers 68-60 after leading by as many as 15 in the fourth.

“I hope that’s what we just did, because we have to come back and try it again,” Tipton coach Brad Dickey said of shaking off the opening-round jitters. “We weren’t looking ahead at all. We were concerned about this very good opponent. Now, maybe we’ll lean on our seniors a little bit in practice [today] to talk about how you get better before the next game.”

Degenkolb scored a game-high 35 points, pouring in 24 in the second half, including 12 points in a three-minute stretch of the third where Tipton (12-8) built a 43-33 lead after holding a slim lead at the half, 25-24. The Blue Devils out-scored the Tigers 20-11 in the third to take a 45-35 lead into the final stanza.

“We’ve been working on third quarters a lot,” Degenkolb said. “This year we’ve come out in the third quarter and messed up games, so we’ve worked a lot in practice on how to come out and play in those third quarters. ... We were hitting shots and clicking on all cylinders.”

The lead changed hands eight times in the first half. Freshman Sam Gutierrez buried back-to-back 3-pointers to help Tipton finish the first period on an 8-2 run and take a 14-11 lead into the second quarter after Alex (10-2) held a 9-6 advantage with 3:10 to play in the opening period.

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