So much for a learning curve.
For a squad that returned only one starter, the Duncan Demons are looking way ahead of schedule this season, marking their second game with their second lopsided win, topping visiting Durant 70-35 on Friday.
“We played good. We outhustled them, like we always do, and we played nice defense,” said junior guard Isiah Ervin. “As long as we keep playing like a team, we’ll keep winning.”
The formula to victory was pretty much the same as it was in Tuesday’s 77-55 win over Elgin: play great defense, force turnovers and score in transition.
“We tell them, we want to put a lot of pressure on the ball,” Duncan coach Mikel Davison said. “It’s not so much that we want to steal the ball from you, it’s that we want to get you playing faster than you want to.”
The game certainly didn’t start out looking like an easy win for Duncan as Durant built an 8-4 lead in the first 2 1/2 minutes, but with a 15-0 run the Demons were off to the races.
“We got down and we started playing defense,” Davison said. “That’s all we’ve got. We’ve got to play hard and play together. If we don’t do that, it’s going to be a long night.”
Junior Je’Mario McCoy paced Duncan for the second straight game, totaling 18 points, five steals and four rebounds. Seniors Jack Braught recorded a double-double as he had 11 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Cade Baldwin had 11 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists and Irvin had 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Ben Peterson came off the bench to add nine points on a trio of 3-pointers.
The Demons dominated in every statistical category, committing 12 fewer turnovers and winning the rebounding battle 44-28.
“I just thought it was a really good team effort,” Davison said. “This team is a lot of fun to watch, but we’ve got a long ways to go.”
After breaking away with their 15-0 run in the first quarter, the Demons ended the period ahead 21-11 before stretching it to 34-21 by halftime. Durant cut it to an 11-point game early in the third quarter before Duncan slammed the door, breaking away to head into the fourth quarter with a 52-27 edge.
The level of competition will get significantly stronger for Duncan next week as it hosts archrival Ardmore on Tuesday. The Demons, though, will have plenty of confidence and momentum heading into that matchup.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence, and we’re hoping to win a state championship,” Irvin said proudly.
So much for a learning curve.
Demons take two from Del City
The Duncan baseball team swept a doubleheader at Del City Tuesday.
The Demons won the first game 13-0. Dylan Zawicki got his fourth win of the season. Duncan got two-run singles from Mason Hightower, Hunter Phillips and Collin Klingensmith. Scott Cooper and Zawicki each had one RBI.
Bronchos survive Fletcher
Coach Jeff Jones realized he made a mistake after Tuesday’s 8-7 win at home versus Fletcher.
He saw that his freshman pitcher, Dylan Jones, was struggling but he still hoped that the Bronchos could finish off the win with him on the mound. Jones had only given up one run in six full innings. Why shouldn’t the coach stick with him?
Girls tennis tops at Guthrie
The Duncan girls tennis team won a tournament hosted by Guthrie in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
The tournament was moved from Monday because of weather. It didn’t affect the Demons, as they reached the finals in all four divisions and won three.
Soccer teams do well despite losses to Antlers
Although the Duncan soccer teams didn’t score a goal against Deer Creek Tuesday at home, the coaches liked how the teams played against a tough opponent.
The boys particularly made it tough on the Antlers in a 2-0 loss. Duncan kept Deer Creek off balance had plenty of opportunities to scores, but couldn’t finish shots.
Golfers sixth at Fort Sill
Windy conditions made it difficult on the Duncan boys golf team at the Class 5A state preview tournament at Fort Sill Monday.
“It was a rough day on everybody,” said Demon coach Lindy Welborn. “I’m betting (the golfers) were concerned more with how they were going to get warm than what the’d get out of their next shot.”
Glenna L. Gray
Glenna L. Gray, 67 of Oklahoma City a former long time Duncan resident passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at her home in Oklahoma City.
Kelly headed to Southeastern
Duncan senior Connor Kelly signed Monday to play football for Southeastern Oklahoma University.
Kelly, who played quarterback and defensive back for the Demons, considered several options before joining his father Kevin’s alma mater. Connor Kelly is also a standout wrestler and hurdler for the Demons.
Demon home game becomes road doubleheader
The Duncan baseball team will head to Del City for a doubleheader Tuesday after its scheduled home Monday game was postponed.
Demon coach Tim Hightower said Del City had some transportation issues that kept the Eagles from making it to Duncan. Snow in Del City delayed school buses and one would not have been available to bring the players to Duncan until between 4:30 and 5 p.m. That would mean delaying the start time of Monday’s game until later in the evening, when it would have been cold.
Phillips’ pitching gives CHS hope in loss
In a 4-0 loss Saturday, No. 11 Central High stood toe to toe with No. 4 Sterling in the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament final.
Sophomore Cooper Phillips pitched a complete game for the Bronchos (16-7), allowing just one earned run, five hits and no walks. Coach Jeff Jones said with the team’s usual production, the Bronchos could have won the game.
Weather makes things tough at state preview
Cold, windy conditions greeted players at the Class 5A state girls golf preview tournament at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club Monday.
Duncan girls golf coach Steve Etheridge described the conditions as miserable. The golfers who came to experience the course that will be the site of the Class 5A state tournament didn’t have good scores because of the weather.
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