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December 3, 2008

Season tips off

Duncan gives one away in 95-91 loss vs. NW classen

Oklahoma City, OK — OKLAHOMA CITY — At times, the Duncan Demons looked like a team that could play with anyone in the state. And at times it looked like a team that hadn’t known much success. It was the latter that did them in.

Duncan gave one away in its season opener at Northwest Classen, falling 95-91 in overtime against the No. 9-ranked team in the state. Turnovers and mental errors proved to be too much to overcome, but only by the slightest of margins.

The Demons were stretched to the ends of their depth in the fourth quarter with Kyle Lee and his 27 points sitting beside Houston Johnson after the duo fouled out. With Bradley Toone carrying the load, the Demons carried the lead throughout the fourth quarter, only to see Northwest Classen’s Brandon Harris drill a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 85.

The Knights led throughout most of the overtime with Duncan having a chance to tie the game only to turn the ball over and give away any chance to win the game.

In all, it was a positive step for a program that has won nine games in the last two years.

“We had them on the ropes, we just made some crucial mistakes,” Duncan head coach Scott Smith said. “No one is going to feel sorry for you. You just have to keep playing.

“We can definitely see what lies ahead in the future. At the end of the season, we will be a very good ball club. Our kids see that.”

After going toe-to-toe with Northwest Classen in the first half, it appeared as if Duncan’s bubble was set to burst in the third quarter as the Knights took a nine-point lead. Kyle Lee, who scored 14 points in the first half, continued to find the basket and picked up some help from Clint Sylvester, who was active on both ends of the floor. The senior’s aggressive play was rewarded by trips to the free-throw line, where he converted 8-of-11 in the quarter. Two of his charity shots gave Duncan a 62-61 lead with 1:23 remaining in the quarter.

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