Tyus returns to the court in a big way after recent tragedy

by Samantha Lefebvre
Sports Writer

Anoka’s senior gaurd, Marcus Tyus was once again the game’s top scorer during an 82-64 home victory over Blaine on Feb. 21. Tyus put up a total 33-points for the Tornadoes, showing his ability to push past a recent family tragedy and focus on the task at hand.

Last Sunday, Feb. 19, a house fire ripped through the Tyus’ home in Ramsey. All twelve members of the Tyus family made it safely out of the house, but nothing was salvageable after the flames died down.

Photo by Samantha Lefebvre

Despite knowing that he would not be able to return to his home after the game, Tyus sank 17-points in the first half alone, three of which came from behind the arc. Tyus continued to stay focused in the second half and put up an almost identical 16-points, including two more three pointers.

“You just have to keep your head up and keep going,” Marcus Tyus said.

Junior guard Malcolm Seals started off the game with a three pointer for the Tornadoes, followed shortly by three more points from Tyus to give Anoka an early 9-0 lead. Another Tyus three pointer later and the Tornadoes were up and running away with the ball, gaining a considerable lead over the Bengals. Halfway through the first half Anoka led Blaine 33-10. A dunk by Bengals senior Stephon Egbujor gave Blaine a little more enthusiasm for another seven points, but when the clock ran out Anoka led the half 29 points ahead of the Bengals, 51-22.

“Definitly the first half we controlled the ball,” Anoka coach Paul Broberg said. “That is one of the best halves of the year that we have ever played.”

The Bengals led the second half by holding the Tornadoes to nine points in the first eight minutes of play, closing their deficit to 17 points with a score of 60-43. Blaine had more control of the ball in the second half and were able to outscore Anoka 42-31, but in the end that was not enough for the Bengals to win the game. The Tornadoes were up 20 points in the final two minutes, which helped them secure the 82-64 win over the Bengals.

“The second half we sort of got a little shakey, we had some fouls there and everything and we were trying to take good shot selction,” Broberg said. “But overall we made shots, we played great defense, we allowed them one shot, we got the defensive rebounds, we ran our offense really well. I think we were trying to make a statement there in the first half that we are not going to go away. We are coming after teams in the last three games left.”

Marucs Tyus, who averages 26 points a game, led the team with 33-points. Seals came through for the Tornadoes with 16-points, scoring 13-points in the first half.

Anoka’s senior captian Cole Boughner also put up double digits for the Tornadoes, sinking 11-points. Leading the Bengals in points was senior Tanner Schumacher with 18-points. Alex Cappard and Josh Limberg also came up big for the Bengals with 13 and 11 points respectively.

The Tyus family is currently living in a hotel that the Red Cross helped put them in until they can figure out their next step. Teammate Brandon Lindquist and his family live just behind the hotel where the Tyus’ are staying and have offered that Marcus can stay with them whenever he would like and whenever it is most convienent.

“In order to get to school, and go to basketball and to come home, he offerred for him to stay at our house,” Brandon Lindquist’s mother Kim Lindquist said of her son’s generousity.

Kim Lindquist said the Tyus’ family smelled the smoke and that both Sonya and Jammey Tyus were able to get all the kids out safely. Sonya and Jammey not only look after their five children, but also care for Marcus’ cousins and three foster children.

“The basketball team has been really supportive along with Anoka High School,” Kim Lindquist said. “Sonya is all about helping other people and they are not used to this. They are usuallly the ones reaching out to others.”

A mass email was sent out to the coaches and players parents explaining the circumstances and asking for any type of monetary donation.

“We have got some donations now, but they are really looking for gift certificates to Wal-Mart and Target and some food gift certificates too,” Broberg added.

If you would like to help out the Tyus family please contact Kim Lindquist at 763-421-7220. A fund at the First National Bank in Elk River is also being set up under the name of the Tyus family.

“I am very appreciative of the support everyone has shown us,” Marcus’ mother Sonya Tyus said. “I am overwhelmed and I am thankful for anything and everything that has been done for us these past few days.”

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