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12/16/2013 3:42:00 PM
Byron boys off to 5-1 start
Tyler Coble soars for a layup versus Kenyon-Wanamingo earlier this season. Photo by Keith Garvens
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Tyler Coble soars for a layup versus Kenyon-Wanamingo earlier this season. Photo by Keith Garvens

By David Richards

The Byron boys basketball team scored two more for the win column recently.

The Bears defeated Pine Island Dec. 6 in Byron, 67-47, and followed that up with a 46-43 barn burner on the road in Goodhue Dec. 10.

"I think for the most part we've shot well, pressured the ball and caused turnovers," said head coach Kerry Linbo about his team at this point in the season.

Against Pine Island, Tyler Coble had a career-high 24 points on 10 of 11 shooting. Buster Meyer finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the double double.

"We played a pretty good ball game," Linbo said. "They're a good opponent. I think we shot very well."

Linbo said playing that well night after night is hard to do as a lot of factors go into a contest, location for instance.

The Bears played well at home that night, but struggled four days later in Goodhue, a venue with a tighter gym and a stage on one side.

"I think you have to be tougher mentally and physically on the road," Linbo said.

Against Goodhue, Byron trailed by one in the second half before pulling out the win.

Meyer led the Bears with 14 points, while Lance Mortland finished with nine, Coble had eight and Kip Knutson scored seven.

"To the kids' credit, we hung on and made a couple of key shots," Linbo said.

Byron played at Triton Dec. 13 and at Fairmont Dec. 14. Results were not available as of press time.

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