Tyner holds off Brainerd for fourth straight district tournament title

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Tyner's Nehemiah Bloodsaw (4) and Brainerd's Dennis Lewis Jr. (3) battle for the ball in the backcourt. The Tyner Rams met the Brainerd Panthers in the District 4-AA tournament championship, at Marion County High School in Jasper, on February 22, 2022.

JASPER, Tenn. - Although closer than their regular-season matchups - which tends to happen when rivals meet in the postseason - in the end Tyner's boys' basketball team found itself in a familiar spot.

After holding off a second-half Brainerd rally for a 57-51 win in Tuesday's District 4-2A tournament title game, the Rams stood together a mid-court, lifting the gold hardware for a fourth straight season.

"Brainerd is a good team and the rivalry aspect always makes you nervous," Rams coach E'Jay Ward said. "We had beaten them pretty good the first two times so I thought they would come out and make this one a lot tougher.

"To win four district titles in four years is something to be proud of."

Tyner (20-9) swept the regular-season series by double digits and built an 11-point lead by halftime when Nehemiah Bloodsaw fought through heavy traffic in the lane for a layup at the buzzer.