By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
TURPIN, Okla., - After a seesaw battle in the first half, to short burst by Guymon were the difference in game as the Tigers topped the Turpin Cardinals, 64-48.
"We played hard, but had a lot of turnovers; I'm really disgusted with that," Tigers coach Troy Cox said. "But our guards did a great jobs putting pressure on them, and our post players did a great job on the boards as well."
Guymon led 6-3 midway through the first when Turpin's Francisco Regalado (16 points) his first of four threes. Guymon's Carson Kane (7 points) answered with a three. Regelado hit another to knot the game again at nine. All three covered a span of just 40 seconds.
At that point, Guymon covered Regalado tight all over the court to limit his touches.
"They pressured him a little bit," Cardinals coach Gary Wallace. "I was not happy with our ball handlers. We turned the ball over way too much."
An 8-0 run led by the Tigers' defense causing turnovers, started at the end of the first quarter and bled over into the second to go up 17-9 with 7:31 left. Turpin answered right back with an 8-0 run with threes by Matt Young and Kyler Musgrave (10 points) to tie the game at 17 with 4:58 left.
It was Guymon's turn again. This time the Tigers scored 13 straight, most in transition off turnovers, to go up 30-17 with 2:01 left before half.
A second three by Musgrave and a spinning buzzer-beater by Regalado cut the lead back to six at half (30-24).
After trading baskets for the first five minutes of the third, Guymon went on an 8-0 run to end the quarter. Austin Nolan was big in the third, scoring 9 of his game-high 17.
"He (Nolan) had nine offensive rebounds and was phenomenal tonight," Cox said. "He busted his butt on the boards and it paid off."
Kristian Hinojos capped the quarter with a three at the buzzer to put the Tigers up 46-34 heading into the fourth.
Regalado's fourth three of the night with 6:37 left cut the lead to single digits, and Freddie Baeza's free throw made it 48-40 with 5:23 left. An 8-0 run headed by Angel Vega (14 points) and Derek Portillo (8 points) ended any threat of a late miracle comeback for the Cardinals.
"Our ball handling and rebounding was bad," Wallace said. "We weren't tough we got shoved around, and got knocked off the dribble and off the block. We've got to get tougher, and if we don't do it the season is going to end shortly."
Guymon will travel to Garden City Friday. Turpin (7-13) host Forgan (19-1)