With rim-rattling dunks, rabid defense, and lights-out shooting, the No. 2 Ardmore Tigers flexed their muscles against the Durant Lions Tuesday night, romping out to a 80-58 win.
The win gave the Tigers their third straight win, following two victories over the weekend to end the Arvest Classic in Bartlesville
It took just 8 minutes for Ardmore to put the game to bed.
Ardmore frustrated Durant with their press, with the Lions struggling to get the ball past half court. And on offense, Ardmore took full advantage as they sprinted out to a 33-5 lead in the first quarter.
Ardmore coach Mark Wilson said high percentage shots and sound defense got the Tigers off to their dominant start.
“When we were focused and playing hard we shut them down,” he said. “When you do that and hit a lot of shots, this happens.”
Ardmore kept the pedal to the metal in the second quarter, outscoring the Lions 17-12 to take a 50-17 first-half lead.
Wilson added he was proud of how the team kept competing, despite the game being all but over in the second quarter.
“That’s what we talk about and talk about, you can’t get ahead and relax and start letting people get good looks,” Wilson said. “They stayed on focus and did a lot of good things.”
Ardmore’s reserves took over with with two minutes remaining in third, and after three quarters, the Tigers led 67-35.
With Ardmore’s eight-man rotation on the bench, Durant outscored the Tigers 23-13 in the fourth.
Demarco Rucker led the Tigers in scoring with 13 points.
Ardmore’s Braeden Vance scored 12 points, Berto Sanchez scored 10 points, Quintarrus Cohee scored nine and Chris Brown added eight in the win.
Shrodric McGee scored seven points, including an emphatic dunk in the second quarter.
Ardmore (10-3) is set to host No. 19 Ada Friday night.