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January 5, 2014

Demons look to improve offensively

DUNCAN — After losing its first five games, the Duncan boys basketball team is looking to bounce back this coming week.

The Demons play in a tournament at Chickasha starting Thursday, opening against Moore. Demon coach Ben Scott said Class 6A Moore, while not elite in its classification, would be a top 10 team in Class 5A.

“They have a lot of athletic guys, but they are definitely beatable,” Scott said. “If we can keep it close, we will have a shot.”

Scott said the Demons’ mindset going into the tourney is to win two games. He said that a win in the first game would be huge as far as giving Duncan some momentum going into the games ahead.

The key, Scott said, is for the Demons to be patient on offense and not hurry shots. He said that is an issue the Demons need to correct.

In Duncan’s last game before Christmas, at Durant Dec. 20, the Demons trailed by just 12 at halftime, but turned the ball over too much in the third quarter and hurried too many shots.

“It seemed like we were playing not to lose, instead of just going out and playing,” Scott said.

Still, Scott remained optimistic that the Demons will learn from the games they have played.

“The kids will learn from it,” he said. “We do have a lot of really smart guys.”

During the holiday break, the Demons have focused on individual fundamentals, with the intent to build confidence in their individual play, Scott said. The Demon coach said that, as the players gain confidence, they will improve and the wins should come.

“I’m having these guys buy into the idea that you are as good as you practice,” he said. “When you put in a lot of hard work, hours of practice, you should be able to go out and compete.”

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