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December 16, 2012

Post Presence: Demons hit rough patch

DUNCAN — Every Monday during the high school basketball season, I take some time to examine the week that was for area teams.

 

Coming into the season, Duncan boys’ basketball coach Mikel Davison knew his team had some talent, but he also knew his squads inexperience would make things a bit unpredictable.

“It’s going to be a rollercoaster ride,” he has repeatedly said. “We’re going to have ups and downs. You just hope you are up when you get to the end of the season.”

Right now, though, the Demons appear to be at the point of the ride where your stomach is hovering up into your throat and a hidden camera just snapped a picture of the goofy look on your face.

The Demons have lost three straight, taking a heartbreaking triple-overtime loss to Ardmore before a pair of lopsided road losses to El Reno and Altus.

The key for Duncan, as Davison alluded to, is keeping its confidence.

On his radio show, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt likes to take inventory of teams by asking, “How good is your good?” In other words, when you are at your best, how tough are you to beat. The Demons showed in their first two wins (and at times in the loss to Ardmore), their good is pretty spectacular. As long as they can keep the wheels pointed in the right direction, they should get back on track pretty soon.

Forward progress

After an 0-3 start to the season, it looked like it was going to be a long year for the Comanche Indians, who were trying to replace the bulk of their scoring and rebounding from last season.

Four straight victories later, however, things are looking a lot brighter for the program. It’s still very, very early in the season, and the Indians could go anywhere from here, but there is something to be said for knowing the pain of a losing streak and having the confidence brought on by a winning streak this early in the year.

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