By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
TURPIN, Okla. — The final quarter seemed to be lasting forever for Turpin Cardinals fans. After the Cardinals seemed to had found their offense in the third quarter, there they were six minutes into the fourth scoreless, and their lead dwindled to just two.
But a put back basket by Matt Young with 1:22 erupted the crowd, and the Cardinals made enough free throws at the end to pick up their first home win of the season, 47-42 over the Boise City Wildcats.
“I liked our effort, and we're starting to gel out there and play together,” Cardinals coach Gary Wallace said. “We're still turning the ball over too much for my taste. We adjusted well to the way physical way the game was being called. We were aggressive taking the ball to the basket and made the plays down the stretch to win.”
Boise City was in control to start the game, getting the ball to the rim with ease in building a 9-4 lead in the first four minutes.
Turpin came to life in the final two minutes of the quarter spurred on by back-to-back threes by Kaleb Parish and Jordon Lujan (19 points) as the Cardinals closed out the first quarter on a 10-0 run.
Boise City's pressure started to cause the Cardinals trouble with turnovers as the Wildcats went on an 11-2 run to reclaim the lead, 20-16.
“I got pups out there,” Wallace said. “Sometimes freshmen don't see what there supposed to see out there. I thought in the second half we did a better job of that.”
Turpin regained their composure and answered Boise City with a 9-5 advantage to knot the game at 25 at half.
In the third quarter, Kyler Musgrave drained a pair of threes and scored 8 of his 11 points in the third quarter, and Lujan was steady as he was the entire game, helping Turpin build a 40-35 lead heading into the fourth.
And it was the Cardinals fourth quarter grit at the end that kept this one from slipping away as some other have this season.”
Those last two games we played helped us at the end tonight,” Wallace said. “We knew they were going to come press, and we knew they work come slapping. We are starting to know what to do at the end of ballgames.”
Turpin (5-7) has won three straight and will try to continue their streak Saturday at Fargo-Gage.