Sly Faux: Senior Leads Tigers Past Dallas, To 5-1 Start
DALLAS — Tunkhannock’s impressive start to the season just got even better.
Senior Tyler Faux scored a game-high 28 points — 15 on 3-pointers, seven on free throws, six in the paint — as part of an outstanding 54-34 Tigers win Thursday at Dallas in Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball.
“This team is going to surprise some people,” Faux said.
The win improves Tunkhannock to 5-1 overall, while Dallas dropped to 3-2. It was the first WVC league game for either team.
It was also the first time Tunkhannock beat Dallas since Faux’s freshman year, as the Tigers’ leading scorer improved his scoring average to 22.5 ppg and also tallied four rebounds and four steals.
“He’s our leader,” Tunkhannock head coach Spencer Lunger said of Faux. “He’s such a great teammate, he’s a great student, great kid. We really look to feed off of him. It lets our other guys get involved a little bit more and that gets their confidence up, too.”
Tunkhannock and Dallas traded scores with five lead changes in the first half, the last of which was a layup by Tunkhannock’s Jack Chilson, which put the Tigers ahead 15-14 in the second quarter.
Then, Faux got hot.
He made three straight 3s without missing, pushing Tunkhannock’s lead to 24-19 at the half. Dallas never again got within five points.
Faux scored six points and Chilson added four more, helping Tunkhannock start the second half on a 10-0 run that made it 34-19.
Dallas had some hope down 39-28 at the end of the third quarter, but Tunkhannock’s Nick Reposa opened the final period with a corner 3 and the Tigers never looked back.
In addition to Faux’s 28 points, Chilson and Reposa scored eight points each. Avery Billings scored six points with eight rebounds. Ryan Harder had four points and seven rebounds.
“I think we’re playing great as a team,” Faux said. “We’re moving the ball well. Ryan has been shooting the ball well, Nick has been shooting the ball well. Avery’s getting rebounds. We’re just working really good as a team.”
Faux said he hopes to follow in his parents’ footsteps by playing college basketball, although he’s not yet made a decision about that next step. Faux’s parents, Dale and Liz Faux, played at Misericordia.
Meanwhile, Dallas was led by junior Jack Farrell, who had seven points and nine rebounds.
Dylan Schuster added six points for Dallas, which is tasked with replacing all five starters from last year’s team.
“We take one game at a time,” said Lunger, whose Tigers host reigning District 2 Class 6A champion Hazleton Area on Saturday. “But we talk about goals and where we want to be at the end of the year in the conference. With the WVC starting tonight, we know it’s going to be a battle every single night. We just do our best to put our best foot forward on the floor.”
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