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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Sweep: Ardmore boys run past Duncan 55-38

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  • Ardmore's Chantz White and Anthony Willis each had 12 points and six rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 55-38 victory against Duncan Tuesday night.
    The win gave Ardmore a season sweep of the Demons, who fell to the Tigers 80-75 Dec. 4 in Duncan.
    Ardmore improved to 8-11 with the victory. Duncan, which has now lost 10 games in a row, fell to 5-13.
    The Tigers had the edge in quickness, and as the game wore on, they used that advantage to work inside for higher percentage shots. In the final period, Ardmore hit 7 of 9 from inside the paint. When fouled, the Tigers made 6 of 8 from the line to put the game away.
    Ardmore attacked the basket in the opening period and saw good success by making 5 of 7 from the paint. That allowed them to gain a 10-7 edge after eight minutes.
    Although maintaining a solid lead throughout, the Tigers lost some of their patience in the middle two frames. Ardmore opted for 3-point shots 14 times in the second and third period, but only knocked down three in the process.
    Duncan struggled to penetrate the Tiger defense. Many of their drives to the bucket resulted in Ardmore thefts and fast-break opportunities. The Tigers picked up 13 steals and forced 13 more Demon miscues.
    Ardmore had 19 turnovers for the game. At intermission, the Tigers were up 24-13.
    Duncan played without one of its top players — 6-foot-3 forward Jack Braught.
    "Defensively we put ourselves in pretty good position," Ardmore coach Mark Wilson said. "Their biggest scorer was out tonight with an injury. So that made them a little shorthanded.
    "We shot poorly from the line for the game, and we missed a lot of fast-break buckets I would like to have seen us make. But we're still a young team, and we have to keep working to get better in these situations."
    The Tigers outscored Duncan 12-9 in the third to go up 35-23. In the fourth, both teams abandoned defense in favor of offense. This favored the Tigers, who cleaned up on the inside to pull away.
    Ardmore had a 32-25 rebounding edge and a 12-5 advantage on the offensive glass. The Tigers had an 11-2 edge in second-chance points as a result.
    Cade Baldwin paced the Demons with 13 points, and Carter David had 10 points.
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