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November 30, 2008

Demons rolling into season opener

Duncan takes lessons from Ada scrimmage

DUNCAN — For the first time this preseason, an opponent gave Duncan all it wanted. And the team responded in a good way.

The Demons wrapped up their preseason with a scrimmage against Ada on Saturday. The team came into the contest looking to use it as a barometer of where it stood, and it found out, as it learned the lesson of dealing with adversity.

After taking the first quarter by a 17-8 margin, the Duncan regulars dropped their second quarter 13-10 and fell behind 11-4 in the third. At that point, Duncan had a gut-check.

“I just challenged them,” Duncan head coach Scott Smith said. “Good teams that have adversity can fight back. I challenged them to hook it up a little bit more.”

The Demons could not have responded any better as far as Smith was concerned. Duncan ended the quarter with a 18-3 run and then followed up with a 27-9 win in its fourth quarter.

“I was proud of them,” Smith said. “It’s real easy when you get behind to give up and get out of the system, but they stayed with it.”

The lesson in responding to adversity was one that can’t be learned in practice and it was not the only thing that the team learned about itself during the scrimmage.

Defensively, the Demons turned in an outstanding performance against a guard-oriented Cougar team ranked in the Top 20.

Duncan was able to force turnovers in its press as well as its half-court defense which allowed it to pick up easy transition points. The key to the comeback in the third quarter was Kyle Lee’s three consecutive steals.

“They had some real quick guards,” Smith said. “I told the guys that we’re going to get beat some on our press, but over four quarters, we are going to get some steals.”

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