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Jared Griffin is fouled going up for a basket in the first quarter against Madill Tuesday night.

Michael Pineda
The Duncan Banner

The Duncan Demons picked the right time to turn it up a notch and as a result, handed Madill its first loss of the season.

The Demons shot 10-of-11 from the field in the fourth quarter and went back to the basics on defense to pick up a 76-69 win over Class 4A No. 4-ranked Madill (12-1) Tuesday night.

Domonique Petties gave Duncan a spark, scoring seven of his 13 points in the final frame and handing out two assists to Dylan Dismuke to start the quarter as Duncan quickly erased a five-point deficit. The Demons had trailed by as much as eight points earlier in the second half.

“They went to a zone and it took us a long time to find it,” Duncan coach Mikel Davison said. “When we to the high-low, we were in business. At the end we played defense.”

Duncan had mixed in a press throughout the game allowing Madill easy looks in transition but bore down with its man-to-man to hold the Wildcats down and allow the Demons to take control of the game.

“We were pressing and trying to go too fast,” Davison said. “They were getting cheap baskets and we finally said enough and got back defensively and cut off their transition game.”

Neither team did little to shut the other down at the start of the game as they hit a combined 11-of-12 to start the game. Spencer Bond scored the first seven points for Madill but Jared Griffin had the answer, scoring 13 points in the quarter to go along with seven from Ryan Cox but it was the Wildcats with a 24-20 lead going into the second.

The pace of the game slowed down in the second and Duncan tied the game up 37-37 going into the half only to see Madill regain momentum in the third.

The Wildcats took advantage of Duncan foul trouble to get to the line and extend the lead. Both Griffin and Petties drew their fourth fouls in the quarter but Cox stepped up with seven points to keep Duncan within striking distance.

Trailing 53-48, the Demons attacked the paint in the fourth quarter as Dismuke went to work with four quick points. The backcourt followed the big man’s lead as Jack Braught got a steal and went the distance to lay it in and give DHS a 56-55 lead.

The game went back and forth at the Wildcats battled to stay even with Duncan. The Demons gained some separation on a Braught 3-pointer and Griffin hit a basket in the paint to make the score 66-62. Griffin scored the next four points to make the score 70-62 before fouling out.

Petties put the game away after a Madill 3-pointer with a conventional 3-point play that fouled out Madill’s Darryl Fields in the process. Fields led the Wildcats with 17.

Griffin scored 24 points to lead all scorers and Cox scored 21 points as Duncan improved to 6-5. The Demons will be in action Thursday when they take on Ada in the Heart of Oklahoma Tournament in Purcell.

- Michael Pineda is the sports editor of The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 255-5354, Ext. 143, or via e-mail at m.pineda@duncanbanner.com.

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