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January 22nd, 2022

turpin boysTurpin's Jaxon Hensley (11) puts up a shot during Tuesday night's rivalry matchup with Beaver. Hensley scored a game-high 12 points in the Cardinals 65-26 romp of the Dusters. L&T photo/Jason EppJASON EPP • Leader & Times 


TURPIN, Okla.—For the first 18 minutes of Tuesday night’s Beaver-Turpin game the lead was never greater than nine points. But the Cardinals dominated the Dusters 36-3 the rest of the way to claim a 65-26 win over their county rival. 

“I thought last week when we didn't shoot the ball well, we let it affect our hustle and defense, I thought that tonight, while we didn’t shoot the ball well for a while, we remembered we can defend and outwork people,” Cardinal Head Coach Garrett Bebermeyer. We worked hard long enough that we got some easy stuff. I’m proud of them for working hard the whole night.” 

After the opening basket gave the Dusters a 2-0 lead, Turpin ran off the final 10 points of the first quarter. Aaron Resendiz was key at both ends of the floor in the second quarter. Resendiz scored eight points in the period and played shut down defense on Beaver’s top scorer Adrian Gonzalez all night. Gonzalez was held to 11 points and had no more than a single made field goal in any quarter. 

“Aaron (Resendiz) did a great job tonight,” Bebermeyer said. “We wanted to focus on taking Gonzalez away and Aaron did a great job limiting his touches. Too often we want to sit back and take threes and we forget good things happen when we attack the basket, and he (Resendiz) led the way.” 

The Cardinals’ largest lead of the first half came after a pair of Resendiz baskets put Turpin up 14-5 with 5:41 left in the second quarter. Beaver cut it to five twice and Turpin led 25-18 at the half. Gonzalez’ only three of the game followed by a basket by Chance Cash got the Dusters back within six (29-23) with six minutes left in the third. 

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And that’s when the Cardinal avalanche began. Bryson Parker and Kaden Moses each scored twice as Turpin ended the third with a 12-1 run to go up 41-24. Gonzalez scored for the Dusters to open the fourth. Turpin then scored the final 24 points of the game, cruising to a 39-point win. 

“We had a bunch of guys step up and play well,” Bebermeyer said. “I think every guy that played tonight did a least a couple of positive things and worked hard.” 

Turpin finished 28 of 69 from the field and shot 50 percent from inside the arc and made 7-11 free throws. Beaver was just 10 of 43 from the floor and 4 of 8 from the line. 

Turpin’s Jaxon Hensley was big in the paint going 6-10 from the field for 12 points. Aaron Resendiz was 5-10 from the field and scored 11. Drew Batt scored 11 off the bench in his first action off the season after coming back from injury. Bryson Parker and Aldo Espino each added 7.

Turpin (5-6) will face back-to-back ranked opponents this weekend. Friday, they will travel to No.13 Forgan (7-3), then host No.11 Texhoma (10-3),Saturday.


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