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Class B boys: Forgan repeats as state champion

by Scott Wright Published: March 3, 2012

Moments after his team completed the second-largest state championship blowout in boys basketball in the last 40 years, Forgan coach Todd Kerr wasn't quite ready to quantify the sum of what the Bulldogs have accomplished this year.

“I can't,” Kerr said, shaking his head. “Over the last two years, what I've been able to experience is just unbelievable. I'm just truly a blessed man.”

A 29-1 season ended Saturday with a 73-39 win over No. 2 Arnett in the Class B championship game at State Fair Arena, raising the question: Does this team belong in the conversation among the state's best small-school basketball teams of all-time?

Here are the facts and figures of what the two-time champion Bulldogs did this year:

— Among teams below Class 4A, only two — Class A No. 1 Cheyenne and Saturday's opponent, Arnett — played them closer than 20 points. Almost all of the others were decided by 30 or more.

— In seven playoff games, the Bulldogs won by an average of 39 points, the largest a 70-point win and the smallest a 28-point semifinal decision over Lomega.

But Forgan's dominance over Class A and B schools is a small part of the story.

At the Tournament of Champions in December, Forgan defeated Class 5A McGuinness, now ranked third, and Class 4A's current No. 5 Vinita by 12 points. Both teams were area champions in their classifications.

The only blemish on the Bulldogs' 29-1 record was a 13-point defeat to Tulsa Union, Class 6A's undefeated No. 1 team.

So, do they deserve to be in the conversation of the state's best small-school teams ever?

Bulldog folks weren't touching that one.

“It's hard for me to say that, and I'd like to have that. But it's not up to me to prove that or not,” said senior Ryan Radcliff, who scored 29 points Saturday. “By the scores, and the way we won, I think it shows we were the best team this year.”

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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