Last year, the Ardmore Tigers basketball team endured one of its darkest times as the program slumped to a 3-21 finish.
Last year, the Ardmore Tigers basketball team endured one of its darkest times as the program slumped to a 3-21 finish. Tuesday night, the Tigers gave their fans a much needed blast from the past, and brought the good times back. A total of 11 players scored at least two points as the Tigers got their first opening night victory at home since 2017 with a 78-52 route of the Duncan Demons at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium. The 78 points eclipses the highest offensive output from the Tigers from all of last season at 74. “It seems like it’s been such a long time because last season felt like it lasted a decade,” Ardmore coach Mark Wilson said. “Most of the kids who were on that team last year are back this season. They wanted to come out tonight and show people they are worth supporting and worth getting behind this season. I’m super proud of these kids and the way they played tonight, and all the contributions we got from so many players tonight.” A fast paced first quarter had both teams getting physical from the start, with foul trouble beginning to rear its ugly head for the Tigers. Duncan managed to take advantage of the situation and led 18-14 going into the second. Ardmore would find its groove though and the offensive attack led to a 19-18 Tigers lead at the 6:38 mark before halftime. There was no letdown the rest of the first half as the Tigers poured on the points to lead 45-32 going into the break. The Demons managed to get on a small run in the third quarter and closed the gap to 48-41 with 3:40 left in the third. But an 11-3 run to end the quarter gave the Tigers all the momentum they needed as Ardmore led 59-44, and eventually closed out the game with a commanding 19-8 fourth quarter run. Dion Brown led the Tigers with 17 points in the game, followed by EJ Cohee with 11 points. Jaamarre Williams added nine points, with Jordyn Brown and Chadre Magee each scoring eight points. Ardmore is back in action on Thursday in the opening round of the Southern Oklahoma Classic beginning at 2:30 p.m. against Blanchard at the Plainview Activity Center.