Ardmore had its opportunities, Tay Swindall lamented.
“We had a terrible free-throw shooting night,” the senior guard said. “It shouldn’t even have went into overtime.”
Swindall and Jamal Clark had fast-break layups in the extra session. Jamal Clark
missed two 3-pointers.
Turnovers, however, proved costly, as Ada prevailed, 56-49 in overtime on Tuesday at Ardmore High School gymnasium.
Ardmore (10-10) shot 8 of 20 from the charity stripe — and 3 of 5 in the fourth quarter.
“They just found (a way) tonight and they won,” Swindall said, shaking his head.
Kobe Burgess and Ben Pruitt deserve a great deal of credit. Pruitt scored eight points in the final period.
They each scored four points in overtime.
Burgess contested Swindall’s layup off a steal.
He also blocked Clark’s layup attempt with about a minute to play.
Swindall’s free throw with 40.57 seconds remaining cut the Tigers’ deficit to 50-49. Burgess scored about eight seconds later.
Ada (15-4) made four free throws to conclude the scoring. The Cougars, the No. 6 team in Class 4A, buried 6 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter and overtime — including 4 of 4 in the extra session.
Ardmore coach Mark Wilson said the Tigers’ 16 turnovers were too many. He also agreed with Swindall about the Tigers missing their opportunities.
“You’ve got to give them credit,” Wilson said of Ada.
Burgess led all scorers with 27 points. Pruett added 16 points.
Jamal Clark paced Ardmore with 16 points.
Tero Roberts, Swindall and Braeden Vance are the three Tigers basketball players who also played football. Ardmore won 40-7 on Sept. 2, 2016.
“It’s more competitive than football this year,” Swindall said of Tuesday’s game.
“We played terrible. That’s all I can tell you.”
Ada 8 16 10 14 8 — 56
Ardmore 10 17 8 13 1 — 49
Ardmore: Jamal Clark 16, Braeden Vance 9, Chris Loftis 7, Berto Sanchez 6, Tay Swindall 4, Quintarrus Cohee 3, Donald Murray 2, Shrodric McGee 2.
Ardmore: 1 (Cohee)
Ada: 1 (Adam Anderson)