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The Duncan boys basketball team learned exactly what a top 10 team is all about.
The Demons (0-3) hosted Lawton MacArthur Monday, and the Highlanders lived up to their billing as one of the top Class 5A teams. The Highlanders got off shots, even when the Demons contested them, and took a 77-42 victory.
Demon coach Ben Scott said his players again tried to hurry shots and thus got away from their gameplan.
“We got sped up and that took us right out of the ball game,” he said. “We felt we had to trade baskets, instead of getting the high-low and getting the open man like we needed to.”
Scott said he did see some good things, as there were several possessions that the Demons executed well offensively. The Demons had a bright spot when senior John Campbell forced a turnover for a fast-break layup to open the second half.
The Demon coach said he expects the team to improve as it learns how to handle the speed of the game at Class 5A, particularly against a team as good as the Highlanders.
“I’m not complaining,” he said. “There is a reason why they are a top 10 team every year.”
Nathan Clark led the Demons with 10 points.
The Demon girls, meanwhile, had a solid start to their game, but didn’t follow it up. After trailing just seven, 19-12, in the first quarter, Duncan could not hit shots and lost 56-25. The Lady Demons shot just 23 percent from the field.
Lady Demon coach Grant Givens said he didn’t know if the players got tired, but their inability to hit shots and take care of the ball against MacArthur’s half-court defense hurt. He added the players didn’t run the offense as well as he wanted.
“We had a lot of standing and a lot of watching, not enough running,” Givens said.
The Lady Demon coach said he was happy to see the players handle the press well in the first quarter, an aspect the players have worked on much in practice. Givens added the rebounding was better, with Duncan grabbing 32 boards to MacArthur’s 38.
Givens said he hopes the Lady Demons (0-3) can learn from this game.
“We’ve got to build on the things we did well and get better at the things we didn’t do so well,” he said.
Delaney Mitchell led Duncan with 10 points.
The Demons have no time to rest, as both teams head to Cache Tuesday. They then head to Durant Friday for their final games before the Christmas break.