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No.1 Forgan comes back to beat No.3 Cheyenne at Thomas Festival PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 15:32


Leader & Times

For the first time this season the Class B No.1 Forgan Bulldogs trailed at the half of a game. But Forgan was able to overcome the deficit in the second half to defeat Class A No.3 Cheyenne 57-39, a day after defeating Laverne, 59-36.

"Awful pleased at the poise we have shown starting with the Laverne game," said Bulldogs coach Todd Kerr. "They held the ball on us, and we had to be patient. We did a good job of not panicking. They did a good job of putting the ball in the basket in the first half to keep it tight."

Forgan led 27-23 over Laverne at the half. A 22-4 third quarter run put the game away for the Bulldogs.

Against Cheyenne, Forgan fell behind early after a15-5 run by the Bears. Forgan battled back in the second, but still trailed at the half 21-20."

"It was a good ball game for us. We faced some adversity early," said Kerr. "We gave up some easy baskets in our man defense. We stayed the task and were able to get it back within one at halftime. We kept our poise and the pressure on."

Forgan got the lead early in the third quarter, and outscored the Bears 18-7 to take a 38-28 into the final stanza. The Bulldogs gradually built on their lead, winning by 18.

"I'm pleased with how we are playing, but I also see areas we need to improve," said Kerr. "There are some things we're not doing as well as we need to do. We need to shore up some things in our man defense. Overall I'm very pleased with where we are."

Forgan is 8-0 heading into the Christmas break, but will return early to play in the tournament of champions December 28th, 29th and 30th. Their first round opponent will be Class 4A No.3 Vinita at 8:30 p.m. at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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