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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Ardmore top Duncan in three OTs

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  • DUNCAN — Ardmore showed its fight well into the night against Duncan.
    Not even two extra periods could keep the heated rivals at bay on Tuesday. Behind Anthony Willis' 42 points, Ardmore was finally able to outlast Duncan 82-76 in three overtimes.
    After a slow start, Willis scored 37 points after halftime, helping Ardmore to a key win in hostile territory. The Tigers (2-1) snapped a two-game losing streak to the Demons dating back to last season.
    Dre Johnson scored 11 points, Chantz White had eight and Jarred Hall added seven for Ardmore. Jack Braught led Duncan with 23 points, but the Demons let up on an 18-9 lead after the first period, which allowed Ardmore back into the game.
    In the second half, the Tigers were the aggressors. Despite being on the road, Ardmore finished with a 45-28 advantage in free-throw attempts, converting on 26.
    "We did a good job, especially late in the overtimes of attacking the basket," Ardmore coach Mark Wilson said. "They had a hard time with our quickness.
    "We didn't shoot very well, but us being aggressive and being able to attack as much as we could helped."
    The game was tied 59-59 at the end of regulation. In the first two overtimes, Ardmore had leads that were erased by Duncan, but the Tigers were able to wear down the Demons with a deeper rotation.
    In the final overtime period, Ardmore was able to pressure Duncan. Two Duncan starters fouled out to none for the Tigers.
    "We were able to kinda rotate guys in and keep people fresh," Wilson said. "In those situations late in games, you get tired, and we were able to keep that from happening. That was probably was the biggest thing that helped us."
    After being down by as many as 12 points in the first half, Ardmore cut the gap to 27-22 at halftime. Willis was in foul trouble in the first half, but came out strong in the third quarter.
    The sophomore guard finished the game 14-of-18 from the free-throw line and hit four of Ardmore's eight 3-pointers.
    "It was special. He did a really good job," Wilson said of Willis' performance. "Any time you score that many points, there are a lot of things involved in it.
    "Most of the second half and overtime, he was aggressive, we got him the ball where he needed it and he took advantage of it."
    The Tigers now head into the Millwood tournament today with momentum and a win that, according to Wilson, serves as a confidence builder.
    "Nothing but positives," Wilson said of the win. "(Duncan) is a crazy environment, a tough place to play. Just to be able to go over there, with them beating us twice last year, to be able to hold them off and battle for victory, it was a good deal and a good win."

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