By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
TURPIN, OKLA.-A late run by the Turpin Cardinals kept Beaver County Bedlam interesting deep into the fourth quarter. But the Bea ver Dusters finished strong and turned back Turpin to win 55-44.
"We dug that hole, but after that," Turpin Cardinals head coach Gary Wallace said. "I liked our intensity. We fought hard. It just seemed as if in every crucial situation we would miss a box out and they'd get a put back, or we'd have a bonehead turnover that would turn into a layup."
After back-to-back baskets by Trenton Downing (8 points) put the Dusters up 41-24 with 3:09 left in the third quarter, it looked as though Beaver had the game wrapped up. But an 11-0 run by Turpin, thanks to three treys, cut the Dusters' lead to just eight points with 7:18 left in the fourth.
"We started out on fire, but then our defense got a little lax , and we lost sight of our men a few times, gave them some easy buckets, and let them get back in the game; when we really had them out of it early," Dusters coach Devon Thrash said.
The real separation for Beaver came early in the contest. Beaver used their size advantage inside with David Rivera (16 points) and Kalen Gabel (11 points) to build a 15-2 lead just four minutes into the game. Turpin bounced back into the game with an 8-0 run, but Beaver answered back with an 8-0 run of their own to push the lead back to 13 again with six minutes left in the second quarter.
Both teams finished the half trading baskets. Beaver led 31-19 at the break.
Turpin was led in scoring by Francisco Regelado with 12 points including three 3-pointers. Bradley Kinser and Eduardo Anchondo each finished with 10.
Turpin will play Thursday in the Texhoma Tournament, while Beaver will head to the Buffalo tournament.