There haven’t been many teams who can match-up size wise or personnel wise with the No. 2 Ardmore Tigers thus far in the 2017-18 season.

There haven’t been many teams who can match-up size wise or personnel wise with the No. 2 Ardmore Tigers thus far in the 2017-18 season.

However, Saturday night in the finals of the Holiday Classic, the Tigers unfortunately ran in to one of those teams who could do all of the above.

The No. 9 Putnam City West Patriots out of Class 6A used a hot shooting performance along with a smothering defense to hand the Tigers only their second loss of the season with a 66-50 decision at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium.

Ardmore managed to stay with the Patriots throughout the first quarter, but when PC West took a 6-3 advantage at the 3:45 mark, the Patriots were determined to not let up.

Heading into the second, the Tigers were down by just three points at 10-7, before managing to tie the game at 11-11 with 6:32 remaining before halftime.

However, the Patriots went on a 22-10 run before the break and held a commanding 33-21 advantage as the teams went into the locker room.

Despite their largest halftime deficit of the season so far, the Tigers opened the second half with a sense of urgency which seemed to catch the Patriots off guard.

In the third quarter the Tigers managed to get within nine points at 48-39, as the score stayed this way going into the fourth quarter.

Despite getting to within seven points just 23 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Tigers couldn’t break down the Patriots resistance any further, and PC West ended the game with an 18-9 run to claim the tournament title.

Ardmore was led scoring wise by Berto Sanchez with 16 points followed by Braeden Vance with 13 points, and Jamal Clark with 12 points.

The Patriots were paced by Kalen Wade with 18 points.

Ardmore (7-2) will be back in action Thursday at the Bartlesville Tournament, before returning home for a game against Durant on Jan. 9, and another home contest against Ada on Jan. 12.