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March 07th, 2021

boys forgan 91 2Forgan's Kobe McGowan (12) puts up a shot on the drive while Turpin's Drew Batt (42) defends during Friday night's matchup. L&T Photo/Jason EppBy JASON EPP 

Leader & Times 

TURPIN—The Forgan Bulldogs held the Turpin Cardinals to just 11 second-half points on their way to a 58-37 road victory. 

Forgan’s 6-8 center Kadan Delatorre dominated in the paint, hitting 11 of 16 field goals on his way to a game-high 24 points. Much of Delatorre’s scoring came on second chance baskets. Delatorre’s best stretch was in the fourth when he scored all eight of the Bulldogs points. 

“Kaden needed a game like that,” Bulldogs Head Coach Rob Lancaster said. “If he plays like that, we have a much better team. 

But it was not just the big man inside for the Bulldogs as Kobe McGowan and Jordan McGowan harassed Turpin’s perimeter shooters all night at the defensive end, and combined to score 24, much of it in transition. 

After Turpin’s Aldo Espino opening the scoring with a three, Forgan went on an 11-0 run. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 13 by the end of the first quarter, 19-6. Turpin fought back in the second quarter, quickly cutting the lead to eight in less than two minutes. The Cardinals continued to whittle away at the Bulldogs lead. Threes by Cesar Anchondo and Bryson Parker got Turpin within eight, the same margin they trailed by at half, 34-26. 

“I thought we had a pretty good first half,” Cardinals Head Coach Garrett Bebermeyer said. “In that third quarter we had some drives where we missed some easy stuff and it snowballed on us. We had been playing pretty well, but we struggled tonight. We’ve got to get better; get a little tougher.” 

Turpin's Adam Garza opened the scoring of the second half and the Cardinals were the closest they had been since the start of the game (34-28). But by the midway point of the third the lead was back to double digits. Forgan extended the lead to 15 (50-35) heading into the fourth quarter. 

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In the fourth Espino scored Turpin’s loan points as Turpin went scoreless over the final seven minutes and making just 1 of 7 shots. 

“Turpin is scrappy and got after us,” Lancaster said. “We were able to hold them off. When our guys really needed to make a play, they did. We really stressed getting to shooters. Turpin has some guys who can really light it up out there. That was our focal point. Overall, we did pretty good staying connected to shooters and didn’t let them get in rhythm.” 

Forgan finished the game 22-37 from inside the arc and 3-15 from outside. The Bulldogs were 5-10 at the line. Turpin was just 8-31 from 2-point; 5-22 from 3-point range, and 6-11 at the line.  

Beyond Delatorre’s 24 for Forgan, it was Kobe McGowan going 6-10 from the field for 14. Jordan McGowan added 10. Turpin’s Aldo Espino was held to just 3-9 shooting and 8 points. Bryson Parker added 7. 

No. 20 Forgan got another big win Saturday night, taking down No.14 Tyrone 66-63 to improve their record to 11-3. The Bulldogs will take on Arnett Thursday in the first round of the Shattuck Shootout. 

Turpin (5-6) will travel to No. 14 Tyrone, Tuesday.

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