Wednesday, 19 January 2011 13:05
By JASON EPP
• Leader & Times
BEAVER, Okla. — For just over two and a half quarters it looked like Beaver County Bedlam. Turpin had trailed Beaver the entire game, but had kept within striking distance trailing by six. But a 21-0 Duster run over the next nine minutes put away any doubt of the outcome as Beaver won, 55-32.
“In the second half I thought we played a lot harder,” said Duster coach Brian Stalder. “We played better defense, got turnovers from that, and got to go run and get transition baskets.”
And run they did. With all but five of the rally points coming in the paint, most in transition, and often after a steal. The rally started with Tanner McFarland’s steal and layup, and the third ended with Samuel Becker’s running floater in the lane as the buzzer went off to give the Dusters a 38-24 lead.
Turpin finally stopped the bleeding with 2:36 left in the game when Francisco Regalado hit his second three of the game.
“I thought we played pretty decent in the first half, and even starting the third,” said Cardinals coach Gary Wallace. “But then the wheels fell off, and started turning it over and giving up easy baskets.”
Beaver started the game with a 10-2 lead and led 14-7 after one quarter of play. Turpin battled back with back-to-back threes from Regalado and Luis Pureco to bring the Cards to within one at 16-15. Consecutive baskets by Becker pushed the Duster lead back to 7, but bucket and foul shot by Turpin’s Allan Keene made it 24-20 at the half in favor of the Dusters.
“We were really sluggish in the first half,” Stalder said. “I was disappointed in our communication on defense, and our effort was not where it should have been. But when we talked about it at halftime the kids knew it, and responded.”
Beaver finished the game shooting 57 percent (25-44), while holding Turpin to just 29 percent (11-38).
Beaver’s Samuel Becker led all scorers with 17 points on 7 of 16 shooting. Cole Trippet was 5 of 7 from the field for 10 points, and Tanner McFarland and Gabriel Rivera each added 8.
For Turpin it was Francisco Regalado with 14, and Luis Pureco with 6. Beaver improves to 12-6 and will host Rolla Friday for Homecoming. Turpin is now 5-10 and with take on Balko in the first round of the Texhoma Tournament Thursday at 12:15 p.m.