By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
The Forgan got off to a fast start, and never allowed the Beaver Dusters to recover. The Bulldogs defeated the Dusters for the second time this season, 72-39.
“They full-court pressed us non-stop,” Dusters coach Garrett Bebermeyer said. “We probably turned the ball over 30 times; we didn’t even get a lot of shots off. They just sped us up so much, and were subbing in. They pretty much outran us. We were just outmatched.”
In the first quarter, Forgan jumped out to a 19-8 lead. Beaver went on a run to cut the lead to nine, but the Bulldogs still ended the quarter with a 16-10 advantage in the second quarter. The Bulldogs were just one point shy of doubling-up the Dusters at half (31-18).
The Bulldog lead expanded over 20 in the third (54-31), and an 18-8 fourth made it a 33-point margin at the end.
Jake Regier led the Bulldogs offense with 25 points; Chandler Bryer had 12. Trent Brown and Demetrius Alston each added 8. Ten Bulldogs in total scored.
For Beaver, Garrett Weber scored 10, and Logan Baldwin added 8. Eight different Dusters scored.
No.1 Forgan (17-1) played No.2 Fargo (18-4), who defeated Laverne 58-55 in their semifinal, Saturday night for the Buffalo Tournament Championship.
Beaver (11-6) faced No.9 Laverne (13-4) for third place Saturday evening.
Laverne is a tough matchup, and one of the few teams that can match us inside,” Bebermeyer said. “It will be a good challenge for our big guys.”
Forgan 62, Beaver 53 (girls)
For the second straight tournament the Forgan Lady Bulldogs and the Beaver Lady Dusters met, and for the third time this season Forgan game out on top, 62-53.
The Taylor sisters were at it again for the Lady Bulldogs, combining to score 44 of 62 points.
Freshman Nikki Taylor scored a game-high 31, and senior Kenzi scored 13. KaDawn McReynolds added 12.
Jacinda Balderrama led the Lady Dusters with 22; Cassie Howell scored 10, Shelby Perry 9, and Kalie Hoover 8.
In a tightly-contested first quarter, Forgan gained a slim 15-14 lead.
Forgan had their best quarter of the game in the second, outscoring the Lady Dusters 15-10 to take a 30-24 lead to the halftime locker room.
Beaver played the Lady Bulldogs even in the third (14-14), but could not make a dent in Forgan’s lead.
Forgan finished off Beaver with an 18-15 advantage in the fourth to win by nine.
Forgan (13-5) faced Shattuck (15-4), who defeated Laverne 41-39 in their semi-final, Saturday evening for the girls’ championship of the Buffalo Invitational. Forgan will be trying to beat a team that has handed them three of their losses, twice in tournaments.
Beaver (7-11) took on Laverne (9-8) in the third place game Saturday afternoon.