Trying to end their six game losing streak, the Duncan Demons used a big second half to come away with the 53-43 homecoming victory over the Altus Bulldogs.
Renjie Lin, in his second start of his high school career, got the first points of the game hitting two free throws while Austin Pennypacker hit a two and three bucket to tie the ball game up twice.
Blayden Foster was able to get a traditional three point play by hitting a bucket with the foul being drawn and hitting the free-throw to be down by three points.
Pennypacker and Donovan Jackson hit some free throws to lead 13-12 before Altus hit one final bucket to take the 14-13 lead at the end of one quarter.
Foster and Pennypacker got two long range shots, Nick Johnson hit his first shot of the game while Pennypacker and Preston Weaks hit some clutch free throws to lead by one point at halftime.
Coming out of halftime, the Demons started the second half with two long range shots from Pennypacker and got Lin going as well with one two point shot and a three to extend the lead.
Ben Johnson also hit a bucket and the Demons led by seven points 41-34 heading into the fourth quarter of play which started with two three point shots in a row.
Lin and Ben Johnson hit those threes to give the Demons their largest lead at 13 points before a two bucket from Weaks got the game back into double digits after Altus cut it to nine point lead.
Ben Johnson and Pennypacker were able to seal the game going a perfect 4-for-4 at the charity stripe to get the game back to a 10-point lead and their second victory over Altus this season.
Pennypacker led the scoring with 23 points, Lin had 10, Ben Johnson had seven while Foster had six with the rest of the points spread out between three players for the Demons seventh victory of the year.
Demons head coach David McGuire said this was a big victory for the boys team as they have been trying to find their way back into the win column and were able to do so by using strong play from some key players.
“It was a big win. It wasn’t pretty at times and at moments we played really and at times we played a little too sloppy or we rushed things,” McGuire said. “Good teams find ways to win and find ways to preserve and I felt like we preserved tonight.”
The final rankings come out before their next game and for the Demons, McGuire said this will help Duncan take the next step and move forward to finish the regular season.
“I was really pleased with Austin, he is a player that sometimes is too hard on himself and tonight he relaxed. I think you saw him play with a lot of confidence,” McGuire said. “I was really impressed with Renji and as a freshman only starting for the second time in his career and finishes with 10 points with a couple of moments where we needed a big shot and he looked like a savvy veteran.”
Next game for the Demons will be at 8 p.m. this evening as Duncan hosts Cache after the conclusion of the Lady Demons and Cache game starting at 6:30 p.m. this evening.