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June 24th, 2019

turpin2013By JASON EPP 

Leader & Times 

BEAVER, Okla.— The Turpin Cardinals played lights out defense throughout the game against county rival Beaver coupled with enough offense to eliminate the Dusters and advance to the District 4 Championship with a 45-31 win. 

“Really proud of our defense,” Cardinals Head Coach Gary Wallace said. “I know they were holding the ball some, but our defense flat shut them down. They made some threes late, but by then the game was over. Offensively not our best game, but we did some good things, especially to start the third quarter. That run put the game away.” 

After holding Beaver to just nine first half points and just one point in the second quarter, Turpin put the game on ice with their start to the second half. Turpin kicked off the second half with a 14-0 run capped by Cesar Anchondo’s second three of the game with 3:10 left to play, putting Turpin up 32-9. When Beaver’s Clay Pugh scored to end the run, over 14 minutes of game time had passed since their last field goal. 

“We adjusted our zone to whatever guard front they had,” Wallace said. “Sometimes they had a three-guard front so we’d go three up there and when they dropped one down, we dropped our guy down into the middle. You could tell it affected their ability to get their offensive possession started. Some of their slowdown was by design, but some of it was because we made it difficult to even pass the ball.” 

Beaver did find some stroke when Adrian Gonzales hit a pair of threes in the final two minutes of the quarter, but Turpin’s Jesus Espino answered back to end the quarter with a rare four-point play to put Turpin back up by 21 (38-17) heading to the fourth. 

Beaver did have their best offensive quarter, but it was too little too late as Turpin went on to win by 14. 

In the first half, Beaver tried to slow the game and even tried to go into a stall. It worked well enough that the game was tied at 8 until Carson Buller’s buzzer-beating three to end the first put Turpin up 11-8. Turpin outscored Beaver 7-1 in the second quarter to extend their lead to nine at the half. 

Turpin finished the game 10-23 from 2-point range, 4-9 from 3-point range, and 10-18 from the line. Beaver was 2-11 from 2-point, 3-15 from 3-point and 4-8 from the line. 

Turpin was led in scoring by Trent Weber and Jesus Espino, each finishing with 11. Isaiah Villalobos and Cesar Anchondo each added 9. Beaver’s Adrian Gonzales finished with 13. 

Turpin (16-8) faced off against Texhoma Saturday night for the district title. Both teams advanced to the Regionals in Seiling that start Thursday. 

“Our group of seniors, I’m really proud of them,” Wallace said. “We’re now 16-8, which is the most we’ve had since 2010, our state tournament team. I told them enjoy the ride and if we play well, some fun things are fixing to happen.”

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