After an extended break from their last game, the Duncan Demons beat the Ardmore Tigers 68-67 Tuesday evening for their second win over the team in 2018-2019.
Jumping out to an 11-0 lead at the beginning of the game, Ardmore ended the quarter on an 8-4 run, but Duncan was able to hold on to the lead at 15-8 after one quarter of play.
Duncan was able to keep the momentum in the second and third quarter leading by as much as 11 and ended the third leading by seven heading into the final quarter of play which went down to the wire.
As the Tigers were aggressively trying to make a comeback, the Demons had to go without the services of their leading scorer Kevin Wilson who fouled out at the 3:41 mark of the fourth.
The Demons still had the lead but with 12 seconds remaining Ardmore had possession and drove to the basket for a lay-up when Cailup Spann got in the way to take a charge and complete the victory.
With five seconds left, Javion Dangerfield was able to hit two free throws to make it a four point lead when Ardmore hit a three point shot at the buzzer to finish with the one point victory for the Demons.
Spann was a defensive threat in the fourth quarter as the team took five charges with two of them coming from him and two from Sam Petersen, while Dangerfield got one charge.
Demons head coach David McGuire said the defense was a big factor in the game and he wasn’t surprised that Spann continued to dominant the defensive game for Duncan.
“In the first three quarters, I felt like we played great defense. We had held them to 40 points on their home court and we were in control. In the fourth quarter, we struggled to stop the penetration and rebound, and Ardmore was able to score 27 points. We have to be better in closing out games,” McGuire said. “I am not surprised that the game-winning play came down to Cailup Spann taking a charge. In my mind, he’s the best defensive player around. He literally changes the game with how he plays on the defensive end of the court.”
Now 9-10 on the season, Duncan will turn its attention to a home game against Durant. McGuire said he was pleased to see his team come out with the victory.
“Overall, I was extremely happy to come out with the win. Ardmore is a good ball club with a Hall of Fame Coach in Mark Wilson. It’s the first time Duncan has beaten Ardmore twice in a season in who knows how long,” McGuire said. “Anytime you beat a team like Ardmore on their home court, it’s going to be satisfying.”
The Lady Demons in the first game of the doubleheader lost 53-28 to the No. 1 ranked Ardmore Lady Tigers and were down the whole night and they couldn’t get a lead the whole game.
Tip-off for the homecoming Durant-Duncan game will be Friday at 6:30 p.m. starting with the girls game and the boys game to follow at 8 p.m.
Homecoming ceremonies will take place during halftime of the boys game where they will name the spring sports queen from the nominees.