By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
TURPIN, OKLA. — After spotting the Keyes Pirates a 2-0 lead, Turpin went on a 17-0 run capped by Kyler Musgrave’s buzzer-beating three to end the first quarter, and Bradley Kinser’s three pointer to open the second quarter. Turpin picked up easy layups all night after steals in the their full-court press, and won easily, 51-16.
“We were a little short-handed tonight so we went a little deeper into the bench,” said Cardinals head coach Gary Wallace. “We have a lot of guys that are about the same level, so I said to them we are going to use a lot of pressure and a lot of people and go.”
Turpin continued to pressure the Pirates, and held Keyes to just 8 points in the first half. The Cardinals offense did slow because of missed shots but still lead 24-8 at the half. A 10-0 run to start the second that was part of a larger 16-3 run, pushed the lead to 30 with three minutes left in the third. Turpin also scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to take the largest lead of the game, 37 points.
“We have some core guys who are helping the new and younger players learn our pressure defense,” said Wallace. “ I was happy with all of them because we continued to get quality shots. I’ve told those guys as long as they play good defense, rebound hard, and don’t turn over the ball on offense you’re going to play.”
Bradley Kinser led Turpin with 16 points. Edgar Anchondo scored 7, and Javier Alvarez and David Perez each added 6. Turpin is 1-0 and will take on Hooker next Tuesday, December 6.