Forgan’s Ryan Radcliff suspends in mid-air as he loops under the goal for the layup as Balko defenders Kolby Stephens, Tanner Blosser, and Chris Konkel look on. No.2 Forgan won the matchup 62-30 to stay undefeated.Photo by Jodie Shull/ XTreme Sports Photography.
By JASON EPP
FORGAN, Okla. — Even though the Forgan Bulldogs are still undefeated and continue to have convincing wins, they seemed to find a new wrinkle to emphasize in every game.
In Saturday nights’ 62-30 win over the Balko Bison, it was the passing game and half-court defense that stood out.
“I thought we played together really well,” said Forgan head coach Todd Kerr. “The ball moved and we made the extra pass to get what we needed. We got everybody involved and we were able to work on some things in half-court defense that I think we’re going to need to be able to do.”
Balko showed some gamesmanship early when Kolby Stephens three point play made the score 6-5 in favor of Forgan with4:23 left in the first.
But Forgan unleashed a barrage of threes, hitting five in less than three and a half minutes as part of a 17-0 run.
Rhett Radcliff finished the first half with 16 points, and the Bulldogs finished it with an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 37-12 at the break.
Forgan continued their run that began at the end of the first half, extending it to 22-0, and holding Balko without a point for seven and a half minutes.
Turnovers were a big key for the Bulldogs domination. Balko ended the game with 26.
“Balko sets a lot of ball screens, and we try to double that a lot,” said Kerr. “That led to a bunch of turnovers.”
With so many blowout wins Kerr cannot always look at the score and just be satisfied. Often it is about how they played.
“Overall I’m pleased with the performance,” said Kerr. “Playing together and understanding team concept, we always do a good job of that, but I think the kids focused on that tonight. I thought we did an extremely good job moving the basketball tonight, and keeping the defense on their heels.”
Rhett Radcliff led the Bulldogs with 18 and was 8-of-14 from the floor. Jake Regier added 9 points from beyond the arc, Matt Morris 8, and Tayler Eagan and Tanner Jones each scored six. Balko was led by Kolby Stephens with 9.
Forgan will travel to Guymon Tuesday and Balko will travel to Hardesty.