By JASON EPP
High Plains Daily Leader
FORGAN-Under normal circumstances and with any normal team, if you shoot 31 percent from the floor and the other team shoots 39 percent you will lose.
But there is little that is normal about this ultra-talented Bulldog team, who overcame a poor shooting night by taking more than twice as many shots as Buffalo to win easily, 73-41.
"We didn't shoot it good, that's the bottom line," said Forgan coach Todd Kerr. "We did everything else right. Maybe a little sloppy with the basketball, but it is hard to get ready for games like that. Defensively we were flying around, and doing things right and getting steals and getting transition opportunities, but we just didn't shoot it good, and we still had 45 points at halftime."
Forgan led 10-0 after three minutes, but could have easily led by twenty at that point if shots would have been falling. And at the end of the first, the Bulldogs led 22-4.
Forgan kept the pressure on in the second quarter and led 45-10 at the half. And with the game no longer in doubt Forgan looked to test game situations and avoid injuries.
"The second half I wanted to let that group get some time without Rhett and Ryan (Radcliff) out there and let those guys play together a little bit," said Kerr. "Once the game was not in doubt anymore we just wanted to stay healthy, and be ready to go tomorrow."
Forgan shot more two-point shots (45) and more three-point shots (48) than Buffalo did combined (44).
One Bulldog that was hot from the floor was freshman Jake Regier, who nailed five treys and led Forgan with 17 points, all in the first half. Ryan Radcliff added 12 (all in the first half) points, Matt Morris 9, Rhett Radcliff and Dalton Lemieux each had 8, and Tanner Jones added 7.
Forgan advances to the district finals to take on Waynoka who defeated Fort Supply 45-38 earlier in the first game of the evening.