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December 30, 2012

Post Presence: Area teams establishing themselves

DUNCAN — Every Monday during the high school basketball season, I take some time to examine the week that was for area teams.

Measuring Tall

Standing at 3-3 with some quality wins and some lopsided losses coming into the Chisholm Trail Holiday Shootout, it was hard to know exactly where the Duncan Demons stood in Class 5A.

The tournament was a measuring stick, and by the time it was over Saturday night, the Demons were standing pretty tall.

The Demons, who are currently ranked 18th in their class (just below the middle line), got an ugly win over Class 6A U.S. Grant, beat 5A’s No. 20 Guthrie and went toe-to-toe with 5A’s No. 7 MacArthur.

It’s still hard to place any particular expectations on the Demons, who have lacked consistency to this point, but it is now known that Duncan can contend with the best in their class.

Any questions about whether or not the Velma-Alma Comets could remain strong after graduating Corbin Byford have been washed away with a 8-1 start, playing schools from larger classes in all but one game and taking their only loss in overtime.

One of the few teams to hang with them this season is Marlow, which added some merit to its strong 4-2 start. After graduating their top scorer and losing two more expected starters I was expecting a rough start to the season for the Outlaws, but surprisingly, it has been quite to the contrary so far.

Fueling the rivalry

The Demons and the Lawton MacArthur Highlanders have everything needed for a good rivalry: They are close in proximity, similar in size and generally comparable in talent and success.

And on Saturday, MacArthur gave the Demons one more reason to be motivated, and perhaps hold a bit of a grudge.

With 1:44 to play in Saturday night’s game, Duncan called a full timeout. While Duncan, which was down seven at the time, used the entire length of the timeout to draw up plays, MacArthur broke from their huddle early. Two Highlanders decided this was an opportune time to do a little reconnaissance work, stepping into Duncan’s huddle.

The move went unnoticed by refs and by Mac’s coaches, but it certainly caught the attention of the Demons and their fans, who voiced their concern and were still talking about the questionable tactic after the game.

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