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The Duncan boys basketball team was that close to scoring a victory over a ranked Class 5A team.
The Demons (2-14) led No. 14-ranked Altus 47-46 with 38 seconds left in Friday’s road game, but turned it over. Altus missed a three-point attempt, then a putback attempt, but made good after a second offensive rebound.
The Bulldogs then got a steal, and Duncan was forced to foul. Altus pulled out the win, 52-47.
“It was probably the toughest loss we had this entire year,” said Demon coach Ben Scott.
He said the officiating made things difficult, as Duncan was called for 26 fouls in the first half, and Altus was into the double bonus with three minutes left in the first quarter.
In the second half, the officials didn’t call as many fouls, with just five called on each team. Scott said that made it tough for the Demons to find a rhythm.
“It was a tough atmosphere and a tough game to play that close,” he said.
Still, he praised his players for their defensive effort. After Duncan had given up 82 points to Altus in a home game last December, the Demons have kept the Bulldogs in check in their last two meetings. The second meeting was in Altus’ tournament, in which Duncan held Altus to 44 points.
“For that situation, I was very impressed with how we played them,” Scott said. “It verifies my belief that we can play with anybody.”
Duncan will host Ada Tuesday night. Scott said he expects the Demons to be better prepared for the rematch from Feb. 1, which Ada won 63-43. Scott hadn’t been able to scout Ada, so he didn’t prepare the players as well as he wanted.
“I felt that loss was more on me than it was my players,” he said. “I want to plan for Ada the best that I can.”
DEMON NOTES: Duncan’s home basketball games against Chickasha that were scheduled for Feb. 4 have been rescheduled for Feb. 24. The girls game will start at 3 p.m. with the boys game to follow.