Duncan added the press to its defensive playbook in the second half and enjoyed some early success and close within 17 points in the fourth quarter on a quick run but would be unable to get any closer as Smith pulled the starters in the fourth quarter with the team trailing by 21.
“We can’t wait until halftime to figure things out,” Smith said. “This is the second of 30 games that we are going to play. We’re learning and building as we go. As a coach, all you can ask is that they compete.”
Toone and Sylvester led the Demons in scoring with 16 points. Jackson Stone and Dylan Dismuke and Tyler Gay each tacked on six for Duncan. Thomas scored 24 points to lead the Bobcats.