It was all about winning in threes for No. 2 Ardmore on Monday.


It was all about winning in threes for No. 2 Ardmore on Monday.

The Tigers used a fast-break second quarter, a deep bench and accurate 3-point shooting to dominate Class B Eagletown 75-29 Monday in the first round of the Ardmore Holiday Festival. The Tigers will play Allen (Texas) in the semifinals today at 8:20 p.m.

First it was the fast break. Three straight Jarrett Brandon layups made the score 9-5 in the first quarter, and the Tigers led 24-10 at the end of the first period.

Then it was the bench. Ardmore’s Patrick Olden was an instant spark off the bench for the Tigers. He nailed a 3-pointer on his first touch of the game, then found Dominique Godwin for an easy layup for the 14-5 lead. Olden finished the first half 3-for-3 on 3-pointers.

“He can score a lot of different ways,” coach Mark Wilson said of Olden. “He’s instant offense off the bench.

“He gives us some scoring punch. You don’t want to play him in one-on-one, that’s for sure.”
The Tigers hit six 3-pointers in all, capped by Darail Talton’s fourth-quarter dagger that put the Tigers up 71-24.

Eagletown tried to keep up with the Tigers’ frantic pace but that only led to three straight turnovers to start the second quarter, and a 13-6 Ardmore run within the first 5 minutes.

Sophomore Rico Murph had several slashing drives, which accounted for his team-leading 11 points. Dominique Godwin only played the first quarter, but still managed eight points before halftime.

Wilson rested his starting five in the second half.

Erik K. Horne
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