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February 20, 2014

Demon boys give Indians first-half scare

DUNCAN — Duncan boys basketball coach Ben Scott called it the tale of two halves.

The Demons (3-16) led sixth-ranked El Reno 35-23 in the first half of Tuesday’s road game.

“I don’t think we have ever looked as good as we did that first half,” Scott said.

But the host team turned up the pressure in the third quarter, outscoring the Demons 26-7, which propelled El Reno to a 70-49 win.

Scott said the Indians threw a variety of defenses in the second half, ranging from a full-court man-to-man to a diamond-and-one. It was quite a difference from the first half, in which Duncan broke the press early and forced El Reno to pull back.

“I definitely wished we could have handled that pressure,” Scott said.

Still, the Demon coach was not disappointed in the outcome. When the team had its postgame talk, Scott spent more time asking his players about the things they needed to do better, rather than lecturing them.

“I’m extremely proud of how we played,” he said. “It wasn’t a game where I would say we should have won or we were expected to win. They are the ranked number six and we did hang with them.”

He praised Justin Morris for his overall play. The Demon sophomore led the team with 14 points. Junior Ben Petersen added 10.

Scott said the Demons are figuring out how to put a good half together, but need to work toward putting four quarters together. He expects the Demons’ final regular-season games to be good opportunities to do that. Those games will be at home, one Friday against Durant and the other Monday against Chickasha.

“Neither team we are playing next can emulate the way El Reno plays,” Scott said.

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