Defense keys Bulldogs regional title win PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 February 2014 09:06

 

By JASON EPP

Leader & Times

SHATTUCK, Okla.—The top-ranked Forgan Bulldogs gave up 16 points in the first quarter to Burlington, then gave up just 21 points the rest of the way in a 73-37 regional championship game romp of the Elks.

Forgan is now just one win away from a fourth straight trip to the state tournament. They will face No. 5 Okeene Friday at 8 p.m. in Woodward for the area championship.

Forgan started the game looking like a team ready to dominate. Trevin Lopez twice converted 'and one' plays and Chandler Bryer drained a three to put the Bulldogs up 9-0 1:19 into the game.

Forgan pushed the lead to 16-5 with four minutes left in the quarter, but Burlington rallied and trailed just 22-16 at the end of the quarter.

Forgan got their defense in order from that point on, allowing just four points in the second quarter as Forgan built a 36-20 halftime lead.

I thought we weren't very good defensively the first quarter and after that, we were,” Bulldogs coach Todd Kerr said. “When we guard people it makes it really hard to stay in there with us. We pulled away because of the way we were guarding them.”

Demetrius Alston scored 9 of his 15 points as the Bulldogs opened the second half with a 13-2 run that put the game out of reach. Forgan led 49-22 at that point with three minutes left in the third quarter.

Another run (9-0) that bled into the start of the fourth took the scoring gap to as wide as 35.

The thing that makes this team special is that it's a different guy every night,” Kerr said. “There's always somebody different leading the way. Our bench played well tonight. It was a good win in a good environment.”

One key stat for Forgan, no turnovers through the first three quarters.

Demetrius Alston and Chandler Bryer each scored 15 for the Bulldogs; Jace Kerr added 14, Trevin Lopez 13, and David Stout 8.

 
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

Facebook

About The High Plains Daily Leader

The High Plains Daily Leader and Southwest Daily Times are published Sunday through Friday and reaches homes throughout the Liberal, Kansas retail trade zone. The Leader & Times is the official newspaper of Seward County, USD No. 480, USD No. 483 and the cities of Liberal and Kismet.  The Leader & Times is a member of the Liberal Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Press Association, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press.

For more, contact us.

Subscribe

Get the Daily Leader delivered to your home for $101.45 per year in Liberal, or $140 outside Liberal. Call 620-626-0840 for a subscription today. You can receive the print edition or an electronic edition! To subscribe today, email circulation@hpleader.com.

RocketTheme Joomla Templates