The Ardmore boys suffered a heartbreaking loss to a highly-ranked Ada Cougars team (4A No. 6) on a buzzer-beating shot.  Ardmore led by as many as eighteen during the third quarter.
Junior point guard Jamal Clark put forth a great performance, especially in the first quarter.  The Tigers got out to an early 9-2 lead on the Cougars.  A combination of a well-executed press and Clark’s ability to find shots boosted Ardmore throughout the early half of the game.
Clark and the Tigers found fortune through the first three quarters of play.  Ardmore’s night was defined by improbable and excellent sequences of play. Early in the third quarter, a Clark no-look pass to Braden Vance for a score gave Ardmore another element for Ada to defend.  A three-point shot from Chris Loftis shot excitement through Ardmore supporters.  
Finally, a Clark euro-step with one minute
remaining in the third brought Ardmore’s lead to 41-23, and 18-point deficit.
For most spectators, the game was over for the Cougars.  For the Cougars, however, the victory was still in reach.  A series of scores began making Ardmore nervous.  With four minutes remaining, a steal and layup for the Cougars narrowed the score to 47-40.  Ada continued to outplay Ardmore. “It was a total collapse by everybody,” said Ardmore coach Mark Wilson.
Free throws from Ada brought the score to 50-46.  Then, more free throws brought Ada’s deficit to just one point with a minute remaining. Ada stole the ball on the following possession and called a timeout.  A short score from less than two feet away as the clock expired gave the Cougars the comeback win.
“We didn’t handle the basketball very well and we didn’t make good decisions,” said Wilson about his team’s fourth quarter meltdown.