The Duncan Banner

December 10, 2013

Showdown of undefeateds rescheduled

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

COMANCHE — The game at Central High against Comanche boys basketball on Tuesday was so important that it was rescheduled moments after being postponed on Monday.

The showdown between the undefeated Indians and Bronchos represents a unique opportunity for both teams to see where they measure up. That made it a must-play game for Central High coach John Nease, who is excited the game was rescheduled for Dec. 20.

“The administration and the coaches had talked before about it, because this was a game we definitely wanted to play,” Nease said. “We wanted to make sure we got this back on the schedule, somewhere, throughout our season, because it’s a big game... We know that Comanche will bring a big crowd, and it will be a good home game for us.”

Nease is also glad he will get an opportunity to rest his starting point guard, junior Ian Hickman, who came down with an ankle injury after the team’s 63-46 opening victory at Sterling. Hickman did not participate in Central High’s 71-29 home win on Dec. 3. Early estimates are that he will be able to recover by Dec. 17, but Nease wants to keep an eye on his progress.

“I know that’s pushing it going pretty quick,” Nease said. “I’m not 100 percent sure that I’ll have him back for the Comanche game, but I would sure like to have him back.”

Comanche coach Nick Price is also excited to have the Central High game back on the schedule. His Indians received a scare as they won their opening game 51-48 at Marlow on Dec. 3 under the direction of interim head coach Caleb Cole.

“It’s definitely a game we were looking forward to, and we were hoping we could play it (Tuesday) night,” Price said. “It’s going to be a big game for our county.”