LAWTON — Ardmore boys basketball coach Mark Wilson was eager to see how his Class 5A No. 13 Tigers would handle one of its biggest moments of adversity so far this season.
Wilson’s Tigers were desperately searching for any kind of spark after they fell behind 12-0 to start Friday’s game at No. 10 Lawton MacArthur.
Ardmore took its coach on a roller coaster ride but the Tigers showed their resiliency in a thrilling 69-67 come-from-behind victory.
“We played good,” Wilson said. “We made a lot of free throws down the stretch. It was a good team win.”
Good offense helped to fuel the comeback. Ardmore spread out its offense and got several baskets using that approach.
“We handled the ball pretty well,” Wilson said. “Our guards played a pretty good game.”
Jamal Clark scored 10 of his team-high 21 points in the third.
“Jamal Clark played really well,” Wilson said.
Chris Loftis netted 15 points as did Braeden Vance.
A sizable disparity at the free-throw line worked in Ardmore’s favor. The Tigers went 21 of 34 at the charity stripe. The Highlanders finished 12 of 17 at the line.
Ardmore (10-9) got ahead by as many as nine points in the second half and fended off a late surge by MacArthur (11-6) to earn its second win in a row. The Tigers also moved over the .500-mark for the first time since Nov. 29.
Ardmore 9 17 21 22 — 69
MacArthur 18 11 11 27 — 67
Ardmore: Jamal Clark 21, Chris Loftis 15, Braeden Vance 15, Tay Swindall 8, Donald Murray 4, Quintarrus Cohee 3, Shrodric McGee 3.
Ardmore: 21-34; Lawton MacArthur: 12-17
Ardmore: 2 (Cohee, Loftis); Lawton MacArthur: 5