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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:43

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Turpin’s Cian Cullum splits Beaver defenders Skyler Perry (55) and Gage Scott (14) during Tuesday night’s game. Cullum finished with 15 points in the Cardinals 58-37 win over Beaver. Courtesy photo.

By JASON EPP 

Leader & Times 

TURPIN, Okla. — A spark to start the second quarter gave the Turpin Cardinals all the cushion they needed against the Beaver Dusters. Turpin played some of their best basketball of the season in a 58-37 win over the Dusters. 

 “This was probably the best we’ve played all year-playing as a unit, the ball is moving, quality possessions, defensively we’re giving effort, boxing out,” Cardinals Coach Gary Wallace said. “I like the way we’re playing right now.” 

Turpin’s Jesus Espino busted the game wide open with a hot start to the second quarter with three straight threes as Turpin went on a 13-2 run to extend their lead from four to 15 (26-11) with 4:45 left in the first half. 

“He (Espino) can shoot it,” Wallace said. “Our guys know if he starts to light it up a little bit to find him. Off of that their defense will rotate hard to him and it opens up gaps for our guys to cut to the basket.” 

Cian Cullum was also big for Turpin, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the first half. Cullum did it from his normal post position but also hit outside jumpers including a three in the final minute of the first half to help Turpin go up 33-22 at halftime. 

 “Cian has been playing well lately,” Wallace said. “He’s giving us a scoring threat inside and out. All our bigs can do that, and it gives us and advantage. We were able to take some of their bigs and put them in an uncomfortable position out on the perimeter.” 

The Cardinals 2-3 defense forced the Dusters away from what they wanted to do, which was get the ball inside the Skyler Perry. Perry was held to just six points, and the Dusters were forced to rely on their outside shooting. 

“We ran a 2-3 extended where we drop our middle man once the first pass is made,” Wallace said. “They were trying to get it into the post, but we cut right in front. I thought we were a little late tonight in that we knocked them out of bounds, usually we’re quick enough to get the steal.” 

Beaver cut the lead from 11 to 7 (36-29) early in the third when Jesus Gonzalez hit his second three, but by the end of the third Turpin had built the lead back to double-digits (44-32). 

Turpin put the game away with a 10-2 run to start the fourth, and finished with a 21-victory. 

Back in the game’s first quarter, Turpin took the early lead, but Beaver stayed close as Kolby McDonald hit two of his three treys. Beaver’s only lead of the game came after the first (3-2). 

Jesus Espino led Turpin with 20 points, including four triples. Cullum added 15 and Isaiah Villalobos 7. 

For Beaver, it was Kolby McDonald with 13. Perry and Gonzalez each added 6. 

Turpin (8-7) will take on Felt, Thursday at 4:20 in the first round of the Texhoma Tournament.  

Beaver (5-9) will face Aline-Cleo at 12:15 in their first-round game at the Buffalo Tournament. 

 

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