By PHIL SANDOVAL
Guymon Daily Herald Sports Editor
Give Forgan credit. The Bulldogs have developed a process any team would want to copy.
They know how to make opponents look bad.
Guymon was the latest squad to get and up close and personal look at the 16-0 Bulldogs Tuesday. The Tigers exited the gym awed and subdued.
Forgan rolled it’s way to a 70-44 win over a Tigers team which entered the game with confidence and a three-game winning streak.
Both had vanished at the end of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs established control by outscoring Guymon 20-6 in five minutes. Two Colter Headrick free throws sliced the margin down to 14 near the end of the period.
It was the closest point Guymon got to Forgan the entire night.
“We weren’t ready to go,” said Tigers head coach Tyler Chapman. “They beat us in all three phases of the game - offensively, defensively and the hustle. They were by far the better team of the two.”
The Bulldogs Rhett Radcliff led the assault. After scoring 10 points in the first stanza, the he continued punching holes in Guymon’s defense the next period by posting 9 of Forgan’s 18 points in the quarter. He would lead all scorers with 27.
Most of Radcliff’s first-half production came during a 8-1 scoring spree to open the second period. The run moved the lead to 30-9 before Guymon hit its first basket of the quarter.
“You have those quick starts. It’s tough to recover,” said Chapman. “I thought our kids had good looks (at the basket), but when they’re not falling. We struggle. They were scoring. They weren’t. That was the difference.”
As potent as the Bulldogs offense was. Their defense was equally tenacious.
The Tigers were held to a game-low 6 points in the period. The bulk of their scoring came from Danny Ortiz, who had both of the Tigers second quarter field goals.
“Our defense was the difference,” said Forgan coach Todd Kerr. “A lot of our points came off of turnovers. We kept them in front and got our hands on a lot of balls. Our guys just did a super job.”
Forgan increased their lead to 52-18 midway through the third quarter, and rested their starters the rest of the way.
The Tigers scored a high mark 15 points in the third quarter where Ricardo Vazquez connected for 9 of his team-best 12 points, which included two 3-pointers.
“We were thankful for the opportunity to play Guymon,” said Kerr. “A lot of large schools won’t play smaller schools because it is a no-win situation for them, but it helped us get ready for the playoffs.”