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December 1, 2013

Demons open at Ardmore

DUNCAN — Duncan expected to open its basketball season at home. Instead, its opener will be on the road.

The Demon basketball teams will head to Ardmore Tuesday for their first game of the season. Duncan was originally scheduled to host Lawton MacArthur Nov. 26 to open the season, but the games were postponed because MacArthur’s football team had a playoff game Friday.

Lady Demon coach Grant Givens said he would have preferred to open at home, but “you have got to play on the road at some point.” He added that the players are anxious to play somebody other than themselves.

“They’re ready to compete against other people,” Givens said. “They get tired of practicing against each other. They are ready to see some new faces.”

Givens said the Lady Tigers play good man-to-man defense and try to force a lot of turnovers. He said it will be a matter of how well his players handle the defensive pressure.

“If we take care of the ball and handle the pressure they put on us, we should be OK,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Demon boys will face an Ardmore boys squad that also applies good defensive pressure. Demon coach Ben Scott said that the Tigers  transition well on offense and defense, look for shooting opportunities in the corners and the chance to penetrate into the lane.

Scott said the Ardmore game should be a good indicator of where the Demons are, similar to how the MacArthur game would have been.

“Lawton MacArthur is definitely a top five team, but Ardmore would be in the top 15,” he said. “The way they play, they can cause chaos, and they are very athletic.”

Scott said it will be important for the Demons to be patient on offense, given that the Tigers will capitalize on missed shots.

“We don’t want to go so fast that we look for the first open shot and let it fly,” he said.

Scott said the players are coming together well as a team. He said it is simply a “learning process” as they learn to work with each other and what he expects from them. He said the players’ intelligence and willingness to work hard in practice have helped.

“Whenever I have the gym open, we have almost every single guy out there working,” Scott said.

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