Happy Homecoming in Turpin
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 12:22
By JASON EPP
• Leader & Times
TURPIN, Okla. — The Turpin Cardinals survived a late surge by the Tyrone Bobcats to win their homecoming game 49-43.
Turpin had pushed their lead to 14 early in the fourth quarter when the Bobcats had some success in the full-court press, and quickly cut the lead back to eight on Jacob Williams free throws with 4:05 left in the game.
Turpin’s Freddie Baeza was able to break the Bobcats press and score, but Tyrone kept the pressure on by scoring on their next three possessions; trailing only 47-41 with 2:31 left. Turpin did not help itself, missing 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch (and only 11-of-25 for the game), but still managed to hold on for the win.
“I didn’t like the end result, but I told the guys I was proud of them because I felt like we got better as a team,” said Bobcat coach Clay Witt. “We played some younger players with our injury situation, and I felt like they grew up. Turpin is a tough team that has gotten better as the season has gone on.”
Tyrone had taken the lead early in the contest, and lead 11-7 early in the second quarter on the strength of Williams’s eight points.
But the second quarter belonged to Turpin as the Cardinals went on a 15-0 run to take a 22-11 lead with 2:38 left in the second quarter. Turpin’s guards keyed the run with Francisco Regalado and Bradley Kinser hitting back-to-back threes and Kinser scoring a total of seven during the run.
Tyrone did cut the lead back to single digits before the break, but still trailed 22-14.
The two teams traded buckets in the third quarter with Turpin pushing the lead as high as 12. Tyrone was able to cut it back to eight, but a Baeza baseline cutter at the buzzer had the Cardinals back up 34-24 heading to the fourth.
“I thought we gave great effort all game long,” said Cardinals coach Gary Wallace. “I thought we started to play a little bit harder and a little bit smarter lately. And that’s been the key starting to play a lot better together. We struggled tonight when they took away a few of our sets. First of all Tyrone’s defense was much better than we thought. It was pretty solid.”
Tyrone’s Jacob Williams led all scorers with 24; Tyler Lai added 8, and Adan Lomas 6. Turpin was led by Bradley Kinser with 14; Freddie Baeza added 10, and Francisco Regalado and Allen Keene had 8 each.
Turpin improves to 8-11 and will travel to Laverne Friday. Tyrone slips to 13-3, and will host Keyes for homecoming this Friday.