With Patriot fans making as much noise as humanly possible, Tyler quietly stepped to the line and drained both charity tosses to give Boyle County a 48-46 win and send the Rebels to next week's Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena.
Jeremiah Bell led the Rebels (26-6)with 22 points. Tyler, who was named to the all-tournament team after the game, finished with 18.
Lincoln County (25-6) got 14 points from Jacob Conway. Timmy Taylor added 11.
Boyle County will have a rematch against Lexington Catholic next Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST in the state tournament. Catholic beat the Rebels 65-47 in December.
12th Region Tournament Recap
Wayne County 61 West Jessamine 58
Boyle County 65 Pulaski County 57
Mercer County 69 Southwestern 65
Lincoln County 62 Casey County 56
Boyle County 63 Wayne County 56
Lincoln County 57 Mercer County 34
Boyle County 48 Lincoln County 46
Postgame thought from Lincoln County point guard Timmy Taylor:
Our region will be represented great at the sweet 16, the rivalry between us has been great now y'all show out at state.💯 #12thregion
— Timothy Taylor (@young_uno1) March 11, 2015