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The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Coach Phil Barnes said there were a couple of matches he believed his players had chances to win. Had they done so, they would have placed second outright.
Sam Allen and Cameron McCasland took second at No. 2 doubles, scoring 14 team points. They beat Norman in the first round, Durant in the quarterfinals, Carl Albert in the semifinals, and lost to Heritage Hall 6-3, 6-2 in the final match. Barnes said the Duncan duo had a good tourney overall and faced a tough team in the championship.
Ryan Robinson and Andre Vuong took fourth. They beat Ada and Guthrie, then lost to one of Heritage Hall’s duos in the semifinals 7-6, 6-3. In the third-place match, the Demon duo lost to another Heritage Hall duo 2-6, 7-6, 6-1. Had the two reached the finals, they would have scored more than the 12 team points for fourth.
“They never played good at the same time,” Barnes said. If we had done that, we could have won the whole tournament.”
Hayden Pettigrew took seventh at No. 2 singles. He beat Norman North, then lost to McAlester. He then lost to a Durant player he had beaten a week earlier, then beat Yukon 5-7, 6-3, 7-6. His finish gave Duncan nine team points, but if Pettigrew had beaten the Durant player, he would have scored more.
Sam Moffitt, at No. 1 singles, opened against a tough player from Norman, losing 6-3, 6-3. He then cruised through the consolation bracket, beating Norman North, Henryetta and Ardmore, losing just eight sets.
“The good thing is that he won three matches,” Barnes said. “Unfortunately, he wasn’t pushed after the first round.”
The Duncan girls did not play this weekend. The Lady Demons were scheduled to play in Ada Saturday, but weather forced the tourney’s cancellation.
Duncan has a busy week ahead. The teams head to Oklahoma City for the East-West Shootout at the OKC Tennis Center, where they will face some of the best teams in the state. The Demons then head to Ardmore for a tournament Tuesday, then host a junior varsity tournament Thursday.