By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
TEXHOMA, Okla. - Friday night's district playoff game showcased a finally healthy Beaver team hitting their stride, and a depleted Turpin team that struggled to find any offense. The Dusters took control with full-court pressure in a 22-5 second quarter on their way to a 53-23 win.
After a sluggish and sloppy first quarter, Beaver got things going in the second quarter. Beaver decided to attack Turpin’s weakness at guard and it paid off in a big way.
“I think our intensity was a little low,” Beaver coach Garrett Bebermeyer said. “I think it finally woke us up (full court pressing Turpin). We wanted to do something to jump on them a little bit after a slow start. We wanted to push the tempo and play at our speed, not theirs.”
Jorge Rivera benefited the most from the Dusters fast pace, scoring the first 10 Duster points of the second quarter as Beaver built a 19-7 lead. Rivera finished the quarter with 15 of his game high 17 points.
Past Rivera, Beaver shared the scoring wealth with 11 different players scoring.
With Turpin unable to muster any kind of offense, Beaver led 31-8 at the break.
Beaver scored 14 straight in the third to go up by 34 heading into the final stanza.
“When we built the lead we wanted to continue to push the issue, but put new bodies in there to rest some of our guys for tomorrow,” Wallace said.
It was such a rough night offensively for the Cardinals that Davian Ratzlaff, who did not enter the game until the fourth quarter was the team’s leading scorer with 8. Freddie Baeza added 7.
As a team Turpin made just six field goals the entire game.
”I’m proud of the effort the guys who were out on the floor tonight gave us all season,” Cardinals coach Gary Wallace said.
Turpin finishes the season with a record of 7-16.
Beaver (13-10) will face Texhoma Saturday for the district championship.