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It was heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson that uttered the now memorable saying, “Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.”
The Duncan Demons came into the first round of the Short Grass Tournament with a gameplan to overcome the size and athleticism of Class 6A’s eigth-ranked Eisenhower, but a first-quarter spurt by the Eagles derailed the plan and Duncan fell, 67-45 on Thursday.
“They got out early and made some shots on us,” Duncan coach Mikel Davison said. “I thought we played well and we played hard. We were with them the rest of the game, they just got up on us early.”
Ike sprung out to a 19-5 lead in the first quarter and never allowed Duncan (5-10) back in.
Senior Jack Braught led the way for the Demons with 20 points and four rebounds, while freshman Nathan Clark added eight points and four rebounds. Juniors Isiah Ervin and DeAndre Vermaire each had seven points and five rebounds.
“We played DeAndre at point guard tonight and he looked good there,” Davison said. “And it freed Jack up a bit inside to score and be aggressive.”
The Demons will go to the consolation side of the bracket, where they will find another difficult foe when they square off against No. 14 Chickasha.
The loss extended Duncan’s losing streak to seven games, but Davison doesn’t think his squad is lacking for confidence as it keeps its eyes on the horizon and on the ultimate goal of getting better for the postseason.
“Tough people are tough and I’ve got a bunch of tough kids,” he said. “These kids are challenged every day and they, and they are smart. They know what we are playing for. ... If the losses were grinding them down, you wouldn’t see them play so hard.”