Duncan Demons Basketball took home the consolation title in the Noble Tournament by beating Bridge Creek 61-57 this past Saturday evening to improve their season record to 6-7 on the year.
In the first quarter, the Demons took the 15-11 lead on the power of two Duncan players with Preston Weaks scoring 10 while Ben Johnson hit a two and three bucket to take the early lead.
Austin Pennypacker and Weaks continued the offense in the second quarter where Weaks had six of the 13 points scored, Ben Johnson hit a three and Pennypacker hit a two bucket and one free throw.
Leading 27-24 at halftime, the Demons got a big change in the second half when Bridge Creek started to come back and outscored the Demons 21-17 to take a one point lead in the fourth.
Ben Johnson kept the Demons in the game in the third quarter hitting two three buckets and a two point shot while brother Nick Johnson got his first three bucket of the game.
Weaks contributed six points in the third and free throws were the difference in the fourth quarter with Duncan taking the lead.
Nick Johnson had eight attempts at the charity stripe and hit five of them while both Ben Johnson and Weaks hit both of their attempts to outscore Bridge Creek 17-12 in the final quarter of play.
Weaks led the scoring with 26 points, Ben Johnson had 20, Nick Johnson had nine, Pennypacker had three and Donovan Jackson had two points.
The Demons head coach David McGuire said this is the toughest stretch of their schedule to date in the season and gave credit to his guards and center Preston Weaks for having good games.
“My two guards, Nick Johnson and Ben Johnson, played outstanding today, especially in the second half. They weren’t hitting as well as they normally do from the outside, but they made the right plays, especially down the stretch,” McGuire said. “Preston dominated inside the paint. I think he is just starting to realize how dominant he can be. He is an old fashioned post player and you don’t find many of those anymore.”
Duncan will have another full week on their schedule, they played John Marshall last night with results not reported as of press time and have another game this evening against Elgin.
The Lady Demons will start the games in Elgin off at 6:30 p.m. and the Demons will go at 8 p.m. this evening at Elgin.
McGuire said with this hard stretch of games he is most proud of the way his team has stepped up and played despite the amount of games played.
“I am proud of this team. They are learning how hard playing 5A basketball is; it’s a grind. There are no bad teams in 4A-5A-6A, so you can never underestimate someone’s record,” McGuire said. “Every game — every team plays hard, every team can shoot, and every team can play defense. It’s tough to be focused night in and night out. But our kids make no excuses and are just grinding through and learning on the go.”