Playing close in the first half in their first home game in a few weeks, the Duncan Demons boys basketball team dropped their game against Ardmore 77-69 this past Tuesday evening.
Donovan Jackson had a big first quarter for the Demons hitting two baskets and nailed a three point shot to put Duncan behind only three points in the game.
Preston Weaks and Blayden Foster also grabbed some clutch baskets while a bucket from Nick Johnson put Duncan down 23-18 heading into the second quarter of play.
Duncan freshman Renji Lin helped the Demons keep close in the second quarter going a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe and Nick Johnson got two buckets along with Foster’s one bucket.
Jackson went 2-for-2 at the charity stripe while Weaks went 2-for-3 at the charity stripe. The Demons missed only one from the free throw line during the quarter.
Ardmore was able to extend their lead to six points leading 38-32 at halftime with the third quarter seeing Ben Johnson get two buckets and a three ball and a two bucket falling.
Weaks got two buckets while Austin Pennypacker joined in the scoring with a three ball and a two point shot and Nick Johnson hit two shots, however, Ardmore was able to extend the lead further as both teams scored a lot of points.
The fourth quarter came and went as the Demons had six players score with Ben Johnson scoring three buckets with one being a big three point bucket to start a late fourth quarter run.
His three was part of a 10-0 run that saw the Demons get it back to single digits but Ardmore’s lead proved to be too much as they held on to the victory and improved to 8-9 on the season.
Duncan had four players in double figures in points led by Jackson who had 13, Weaks had 13 points and Ben Johnson also 13 points.
Nick Johnson was the other to have double figures with 12 and the Demons had three other players contribute four points or more in the game.
Demons head coach David McGuire said he was proud of the way his team competed and how they made sure to never give up against an Ardmore team that came in ranked No. 16 in Class 5A.
“I was extremely proud of how we competed. We never gave up and played until the very end,” McGuire said. “We can build off this. And though we are disappointed to lose, we will be ready for Altus come Friday.”
Duncan’s next game will be homecoming against Altus for the second time this season starting at 8 p.m. Friday Feb. 7 at Duncan High School.
The Demons last time on the road against Altus winning 56-54 with the Demons looking to need a six game losing streak with their last win coming on Jan. 11 at the Noble Tournament.