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Cardinals hand Bulldogs first loss of season, 47-40 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 00:00

Daily Leader photo/Jason Epp
Braydon Robinson blocks a shot by Forgan, Okla.’s Dustin Unruh  
Tuesday. The block led to a transition basket for the Cardinals.  
Turpin went on to knock off the No. 8 Bulldogs, 47-40. Turpin  
advanced to 7-3 with the win while Forgan fell to 7-1.

By Jason Epp
• Daily Leader
TURPIN, OKLA. — The Turpin Cardinals used a 12-2 run that included  
three consecutive 3-point baskets by three different players to move  
from seven down to up three late in the third quarter. It was a lead  
they would not surrender the rest of the game, as Turpin defeated the  
No. 8-ranked and undefeated Forgan Bulldogs 47-40.
This was a closely contested game of of short runs by both teams,  
with tenacious defense that led to transition baskets for both teams.  
Because of the defenses, neither team had much success in their half  
court offenses. "I thought the best shooters on both teams took some  
bad shots, but that was because of the defenses. It was hard to get  
good looks.", said Gary Wallace,  head coach of the Turpin Cardinals.
Forgan's Ryan Radcliff kept them in the game early, scoring 7 of  the  
Bulldogs 9 first quarter points. Turpin was able to get steals from  
Blake Scott (2) and Keifer Hood that led to lay-ups in transition for  
each other and for Konner Hood to end the first quarter in a 9-9 tie.  
Turpin used a 12-2 run that started with 2:41 left in the first  
quarter, with Turpin behind 2-7, to take a 14-9 lead on Kiefer Hood's  
3-point basket with 6:17 left in the second period. Forgan then went  
on a 9-0 run of their own with Rhett Radcliff leading the way with  
six points to give the Bulldogs an 18-14 lead with 2:07 left in the  
half. Forgan could have increased their lead, but was only 2 of 7  
from the free throw line in the quarter. Blake Scott hit his first of  
three three's and Aaron Kuns added a basket, and the teams went to  
the half knotted at 19.
Forgan started the second half fast with two baskets by Ryan Radcliff  
and a three by Brian Morris to give the Bulldogs a 26-19 lead with  
4:58 left in the third.
And then the 12-2 run by Turpin that seemed to change the game  
happened. First Konner Hood hit one of two free throws, and then a 3-
point basket by Keifer Hood. Ryan Radcliff scored for Forgan to make  
it 28-23. Then Rogelio Regalado and Blake Scott hit back-to-back  
threes. Jesse Nelson took a charge on the defensive end and Keifer  
Hood hit two more free throws to give Turpin a 31-28 lead. Ryan  
Radcliffe snuck in another put back basket to bring Forgan to within  
one at the end of the third, 31-30.
In the fourth quarter the Cardinals were able to increase their one-
point lead to seven at 42-35 with 3:18 left in the game. With no shot  
clock in play, Turpin was able to force Forgan to foul and send  
Turpin to the free throw line. The Cardinals responded by going 8 of  
10 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter to seal the 47-40  
Keifer Hood lead the way in scoring for the Cardinals with 17, while  
Blake Scott added 13, and Konner Hood, 9. Forgan's Ryan Radcliff led  
all scorer with 20, with Rhett Radcliff adding 8 and Brian Morris  
scoring 6.
Turpin had also defeated the Hooker Bulldogs in a make up game on  
Monday night 60-29, and now have an overall record of 7-3. Forgan is  
now 7-1 on the season. The two teams could meet again as soon as  
Saturday. Both teams begin play in the Oil Center Classic, on  
opposite ends of the bracket, in Woodward, Oklahoma on Thursday.  
Turpin will take on Beaver at 11:30 am,  and Forgan will play Sharon  
Mutual at 2:30 pm

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