Wherever Euless Trinity post Myles Turner goes these days, he’s the center of attention.
Guyer head basketball coach Grant Long knew entering Friday’s game against the Trojans that his team’s No. 1 objective would be to contain the nation’s second-ranked recruit.
That obviously proved to be easier said than done on Friday night, as Turner poured in 31 points on 11-of-13 shooting with three 3-pointers to go with 15 rebounds and five blocks to beat Guyer 61-49 at Wildcat Gymnasium.
“He’s the No. 2 recruit in the nation for a reason,” Long said of the 7-foot post. “He’s a great player and even better kid, and he deserves all the attention he gets. He’s as good as advertised.”
Guyer (5-4), the No. 12 team in the Class 4A state poll, played its fifth ranked opponent in Trinity (No. 12 in Class 5A), and Long said his team’s nondistrict schedule will benefit the Wildcats come district play, which begins Tuesday on the road at Azle.
“We feel like we’re one of the best teams in the state,” Long said. “We want to play people like this to expose what we need to work on and get better at, and Trinity will help us with that down the road.”
Trinity (10-2) went to the halftime break with a 27-25 lead over Guyer, as Turner and guard Adrian Wong had all of the Trojans’ points. In the second half, other players started contributing for Trinity and its lead grew as Guyer star Miles Crawford was held scoreless in the second half after scoring 11 in the first half.
The Wildcats were led by junior guard Sean Choate’s 19 points, of which all but two came in the second half. Guyer shot just 15-for-48 from the field after shooting nearly 50 percent in recent games.
“We were just trying to work the ball around so we had a look inside in the second half,” said Turner, who has his offer sheet pared down to Texas, Oklahoma State, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona and Ohio State. “But, as we were doing that, they had to focus in on me and a lot of my teammates started knocking down shots.”
After the game, Turner was in the hallway taking photographs with young kids and wishing them a Merry Christmas, but during the game, he wasn’t so friendly to the Guyer fans.
He hurt the Wildcats in every manner — beyond the arc, inside and at the foul line.
“At the half, we really focused on trying to contain him,” Long said of Turner after he had 15 first-half points. “We wanted to get the ball out of his hands and really put pressure on him inside but that opened up some of their other shooters, who all made some plays.”
The game also marked another step in Guyer post Josh Jordan’s return from knee surgery, as he and Crawford both played their third game of the season after rehabilitating from injuries. Jordan finished with 12 points in about 17 minutes off the bench and held his ground against Turner.
“We’re trying to work him back in and not rush him back,” Long said of Jordan, a 6-8 post. “He was better tonight and had some really good possessions. We want to really be sure he’s ready when we bring him back fully.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.
Euless Trinity 61, Guyer 49
Trinity (10-2) — Adrian Wong 12, Jalen Jackson 10, Cory Carter 2, Jhivvan Jackson 9, Myles Turner 31.
Guyer (5-4) — Sean Choate 19, Miles Crawford 11, Alex Partridge 1, Mitchell Willard 1, Kason Kilgore 3, Josh Jordan 12, Gordon Hill 2.