In his seven seasons at Ardmore, boys basketball coach Mark Wilson has never entered the Ardmore Holiday Festival undefeated.


In his seven seasons at Ardmore, boys basketball coach Mark Wilson has never entered the Ardmore Holiday Festival undefeated.


Now his Tigers are 6-0 and are ready to keep the streak alive when the Festival tips off on Monday.


“This week’s tourney is huge for us,” Wilson said on Thursday. “We set some goals earlier in the year. To win the Bartlesville Tournament was one — to go into the Holiday Festival undefeated was another.


“The first real section of the season ends with the Holiday Festival.”


According to Wilson, Ardmore is No. 2 in the Oklahoma coaches’ 5A rankings behind Guthrie, a team that beat the Tigers in the Holiday Festival last season. The Tigers lost two of three games in the Festival in 2007 to finish in fourth.


This time around, Wilson expects better from his team.


“The kids are real focused on what we need to do,” Wilson said. “I really like their attitude coming back to practice.”


The Tigers will return to the court today for a shootaround, then will resume regular practice on Saturday.


Despite the players having time off for the holiday, Wilson said he expects several Tigers in attendance at the voluntary shootaround, an indication to him that the Tigers aren’t taking their high ranking and perfect start for granted.


Ardmore started last season’s Festival with a win, but lost its next two games to bow out. Wilson said if those losses to Guthrie and Westmoore weren’t enough motivation for the Tigers to win their host event, he has another solution.


“They remember, but if they forget, I’ll tell them.”

Erik K. Horne
(580) 221-6522
erik.horne@ardmoreite.com