Coming into Tuesday’s game against Durant, the No. 11 Ardmore Tigers knew they were in a must win situation as they were on a two-game losing streak.
Coming into Tuesday’s game against Durant, the No. 11 Ardmore Tigers knew they were in a must win situation as they were on a two-game losing streak. What they didn’t expect was to be without their head coach before the game started. Ardmore coach Mark Wilson officially resigned his post as Tigers basketball coach early Tuesday due to personal reasons, leaving the Tigers with an interim coaching staff for their contest. The Tigers responded with a performance their former coach would have been proud of as they fought back from a first half deficit to win 70-58, moving them to 7-4 on the season. Ardmore briefly led in the first quarter with an 8-6 lead at the 4:14 mark. But the Lions came back strong to lead 14-8 less than a minute later, which led to an 18-15 lead going to the second quarter. The Tigers struggled to keep pace before halftime as the Lions slow and steady offensive approach kept paying off. Durant ended up scoring 16 points in the second quarter while holding Ardmore to just 12 points for a 34-27 advantage. But just over five minutes into the third quarter, Ardmore had stormed back to lead 40-38, and grew its lead to 44-40 going to the fourth. Durant could only get as close as five points in the fourth at 54-49 with 4:22 remaining in regulation, as the Tigers outscored the Lions 16-9 down the stretch. Dion Brown paced the Tigers with 17 points in the game followed by EJ Cohee and Dede Coleman each with 10 points, while Anthony Jones and Dante Roberts each had eight points apiece. Jaamarre Williams scored seven points with Chadre McGee putting in six points. Ardmore is back at home Saturday afternoon against Christian Heritage.