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No. 14 Tigers fall against No. 7 Highlanders

Evan Grice
Ardmore’s Dante Roberts hangs in the air for an attempted shot during the second half Friday night against Lawton MacArthur at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium.

Since Jan. 14 the Ardmore Tigers have been trying to find their offensive groove.
 

While they managed to do so Friday night with 74 points against the Lawton MacArthur Highlanders, the result unfortunately didn’t change.
 

Ardmore suffered its fifth straight loss, dropping them to 7-9 overall as the Highlanders walked out of the Ardmore High School Gymnasium with a 101-74 victory over the Tigers Friday night.
 

Both teams came out strong in the first quarter as they each scored 20 points apiece, along with trading the lead multiple times in the process.
 

The pace didn’t slow down in the second quarter either.
 

Ardmore managed to grab the lead twice at 31-30 and 40-38, but the Tigers were never fully in control.
 

Going into the break, the Highlanders held a slim 45-44 advantage.
 

Despite keeping up the high speed pace for the first part of the third quarter, the Tigers quickly fell behind the curve.
 

Ardmore managed to stay within two points at 51-49 at the 5:53 mark of the third quarter, but the Highlanders quickly stamped their authority on the contest in a big way.
 

Going into the fourth quarter, Ardmore found itself down 82-63.
 

MacArthur finished the game off in the fourth quarter as the Tigers managed just 15 points the final eight minutes.
 

Anthony Jones led the Tigers with 19 points with Dede Coleman scoring 15 points, followed by EJ Cohee with 11 points.
 

Elijah Franks and Chadre McGee each scored 10 points apiece in the game.
 

Dion Brown added five points for the Tigers.
 

Ardmore is back in action Tuesday night on the road against the Duncan Demons.