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November 21, 2013

Demon scrimmage chance for early look at hoops

Bob Morris
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Duncan basketball fans will get an early look at this year’s players and have some fun on the side.

The Duncan Demon Basketball Booster Club will hold its annual Red and White Scrimmage Friday at 7 p.m. at the DHS gym.

The Demon boys and girls basketball teams will play each other in intersquad scrimmages. The booster club will have prize giveaways throughout the night. Admission is free.

The Demon basketball coach said it’s great that the booster club holds this activity to get people excited about the upcoming hoops season.

“It’s a good way to open the season and transition from the fall sports to the winter sports,” said Lady Demon coach Grant Givens. “It gives the public an opportunity to see the kids playing basketball this year. It’s a good family night.”

Demon boys coach Ben Scott said that the evening is a good chance for people to see how much effort the players put into the offseason, as well as the chance to win some prizes. He added that the booster club deserves much praise for what it does for the teams.

“There’s a lot of work done at the booster club meetings, and I commend them for the job they do,” Scott said.

The Demons have kept busy the past couple of weeks not just with practice, but with a few scrimmages. The boys team hosted Lindsay last week and played at Newcastle Tuesday. Scott described the scrimmages as a “learning process” regarding what he wants his players to do, but that any experience the players can get is a good thing.

“We’re looking at guys who played well together, seeing how they do and get an idea of what will work,” he said.

Meanwhile, the girls last week hosted Eisenhower and scrimmaged at Comanche. Givens said he saw improvement with each outing.

“We are still learning where our strengths and weaknesses are,” he said. “I’m happy with the attitudes, and our effort has been really good.”

The Demons open the season Tuesday, hosting Lawton MacArthur. Scott noted both teams will be tested immediately, given that MacArthur is one of the better teams in Class 5A.

“It will really show us what we need to work on and where we are at,” he said.

Givens admitted that his players are anxious for the season to get underway. The Lady Demons have been practicing regularly for several weeks and are ready for game action, he said.

“They get to a point where they are tired of practicing all the time, and they have reached the point where they are ready to start for real,” Givens said.