Stranger than Fiction: Plymouth teammates reach milestone within 45 seconds of each other
By Curt Conrad
PLYMOUTH — It couldn’t have been scripted any better.
Tyrell Edmiston and Tyson Beebe, teammates, classmates and best friends — “more like brothers,” Edmiston insisted — each scored his 1,000th career point Tuesday evening in Plymouth’s 74-55 win over visiting Seneca East. And each did it in a way that symbolizes his varsity career.
For Edmiston, the freakishly athletic 6-foot-4 junior forward, that meant a thunderous dunk after an offensive rebound. For Beebe, a 6-foot slasher who has made himself into a lethal perimeter scorer through countless hours in the gym and thousands of extra shots, it was a quick-release 3-pointer from the left baseline.
“As a coach, there is nothing more satisfying than to see two kids who really work hard at it achieve such a great milestone on the same night,” Plymouth coach Troy Keene said. “It was a dunk and a 3. There is no better way for them to finish it off. I’m proud of them.”
Edmiston entered Tuesday nonconference game with 999 career points after dropping 27 in Monday’s win over Bellevue. Beebe scored 21 against the Redmen and came into Tuesday’s action with 996 points, but pulled even with Edmiston when the first of his seven 3-pointers found the mark with 5:18 to play in the opening quarter.
That’s when things got interesting.
On Plymouth’s next trip down the floor, Edmiston gathered an offensive rebound in front of the basket and had a clear path to the rim. His powerful two-handed dunk with 4:45 remaining gave him 1,0001 career points and brought the Plymouth faithful to their feet.
“It felt amazing,” Edmiston said. “I told all my friends I was going to try to get a dunk or at least try to do something cool to show my appreciation to all the fans who have supported me.”
Just 45 seconds later, Beebe stroked his historic jumper from the baseline for points 1,000, 1001 and 1002. Play was again halted as fans acknowledged the achievement.
“For us to both get it on the same night, it’s pretty awesome,” Beebe said. “We kind of planned for it to happen the way it did, with Tyrell getting a dunk and me hitting a 3. It happened exactly the way we wanted it to.”
Edmiston and Beebe became the eight and ninth players in program history to top 1,000 career points. The most recent was Ashland University junior Brook Turson, who scored a school-record 2,063 points before graduating in 2010.
For Beebe, the evening was historic in more ways than one. He scored a career-high 33 points, including 13 in the first quarter and 15 more in the third.
“That was something else,” Edmiston said of his running mate. “He put on a show tonight.”
Plymouth’s dynamic duo sat out the entire fourth quarter, but joined forces to give the appreciative audience one final reason to stand and cheer midway through the third. Beebe came up with a steal and lobbed a perfect alley-oop pass to Edmiston, who threw down his third dunk of the night.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” Edmiston said. “We were just coming down the floor on a fast break and he threw it up there and I went up and got it.”
As for the game itself, the Big Red (16-2) didn’t waste any time. Plymouth built a 22-12 first-quarter lead and took a 35-24 advantage to halftime. Any thoughts Seneca East (0-17) had of making a comeback were erased in the third quarter as the Big Red outscored the Tigers 28-10.
“We turned up the intensity at the defensive end in the third quarter,” Keene said. “We were able to force a few turnovers and really extend the lead. That was good to see.”
Plymouth can wrap up a Firelands Conference championship with a win at home over second-place Western Reserve (8-8, 7-3) on Friday. The Big Red beat the Roughriders 67-55 in the first meeting in late December.
“We have five championships we are striving for and a conference championship is the first one. We can do that Friday night with a win,” Beebe said. “This is a big week for us and right now this is as good as it gets.”
“This is definitely a big week for us,” Edmiston said. “We have the chance to win a conference championship against one of the better teams in our league. We’ll definitely be ready for the challenge.”
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