Athlete of the week: Myers' defensive effort helps Ethan dethrone White River
ETHAN — The Ethan Rustlers dethroned White River Thursday in the first round of the Class B state boys’ basketball tournament.
It was the first year since 2008 that the Tigers were not in the championship game, and Ethan senior Tyler Myers played a major role offensively and defensively with coach Bryce Roth.
“He had a tough assignment in guarding Tavis Burbank,” Roth said. “He really made the big difference on defense but stepped up his offensive game, too.”
Myers, a 6-foot-3 forward, scored 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting and made 5-of-6 from the line. He brought down eight rebounds for Ethan, which had four players score in double figures against White River.
For his efforts, Myers was named The Daily Republic’s athlete of the week, an award voted on by the newspaper’s sports staff.
In Thursday’s contest, Myers exceeded his season averages of 8.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Throughout the rest of the tournament, Roth said Myers’ leadership and experience were valuable on the court.
“You can’t teach experience and you really rely on the kids with experience in the state tournament,” he said of Myers. “He’s seen it all and it’s valuable to have his leadership in crunch time.
“In the huddle you can see his passion and leadership feeding off to others.”
Myers finished the tournament averaging 6.3 points per game for Ethan, which finished in fourth. The Rustlers fell to Platte-Geddes 59-56 in the semifinal and Potter County 65-54 in the third-place game.