Austin Pennypacker

Austin Pennypacker splits two defenders and tries to take a shot in a game against the Lions. He had 15 points in the Demons’ win against  Durant this past Friday.

Duncan now looks for postseason rankings after coming off of a season-high of three wins in a row including a homecoming win against Durant after securing the victory over the Lions 70-35.

In the first quarter, the Demons shot three buckets from Austin Pennypacker. Cannon Mitchell also netted a bucket from the field. In total, the Demons scored 15 points in the first quarter.

Three of those points came from a long range shot from Nick Johnson that helped extend the lead to seven points at the end of one quarter of play at 15-8 in favor of Duncan.

Duncan, in the second quarter, took a 20-point-plus quarter by netting four three-point shots. Ben Johnson led the way with two of the four long range shots.

His brother Nick Johnson also hit two buckets from the field while Pennypacker shot two buckets from the field to give the Demons a lead of 16 at 36-20 heading into the second half of action.

Desmond Pettit, off the bench in the third quarter, came in to help the Demons with three buckets of his own before Nick Johnson hit two big three-point shots along with a third three-point shot from Trevyn Stewart.

The Demons extended their lead by scoring 22 points in the third. They held Durant to only nine points and led by almost 30 points with the 58-29 lead heading into the final quarter of action.

In the fourth quarter, the Demons netted a bucket apiece from Nick Johnson, Stewart, Pettit and two buckets from Adam Clifton to ensure the victory for the Demons in this past Friday’s game.

Leading scorers for the Demons came in Nick Johnson, who had 18 points, while Pennypacker had 15 and Pettit had 10. The rest of the Demons points were spread out between four different players.

Demons’ head coach David McGuire said the senior leadership brought the difference in the game and was proud of the way they responded in this high power offensive game.

“I thought the flow and the chemistry was maybe the best it has been all season and I felt we were very unselfish with the basketball and I think that is why we got so many open shots,” McGuire said. “I was very proud of especially my seniors who I thought played just superb. We are getting glimpses of what we are really capable of and if we continue to do that then the sky is the limit for us.”

One of the seniors and leading scorer for the game, Nick Johnson, said he too thought the chemistry was great for the team and credited that as the reason for the winning streak right now.

“I am just glad we came together, we have been struggling a little bit offensively and defensively, but I am glad we got the win tonight,” Nick Johnson said. “In practice, we go hard and we obviously have got things to work on, but we will be ready for Ardmore on Tuesday. The seniors we have, I think there are six or seven of us right now, we are all leaders and if one of us is down, the other ones will be able to pick each other up and do well.”

Duncan will now turn their focus to Ardmore, who the Demons dropped the season opener against by one point. McGuire hopes to keep the momentum going.

“It is a huge game and it is trying to maneuver yourself in the rankings and the east-west split and five, six, seven, eight and nine are all up for grabs on the seeds,” McGuire said. “I am really happy with the way we are coming together and I think it will continue on to next week.”

The Demons will play at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Ardmore High School and then will play at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 on the road against Altus.

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