Magical run ends for Ardmore boys basketball in semifinals loss to Carl Albert

Beau Bearden
The Daily Ardmoreite
Ardmore's Chadre McGee finished with seven points in his final game as a Tiger on Friday in a 70-54 loss to No. 1 Carl Albert in the semifinals of the Class 5A State Tournament.

It’s safe to say that not many expected the Ardmore High School boys basketball team to make a deep postseason run.

The Tigers weren’t one of the top squads in the preseason rankings and the odds were stacked against them as the only double-digit ranked squad in the Class 5A State Tournament.

That didn’t stop No. 18 Ardmore from turning heads by knocking off No. 2 Tulsa Memorial on Thursday, but the magical run came to an end Friday with a 70-54 loss to No. 1 Carl Albert in the semifinals.

"The ball didn’t bounce our way today unfortunately. Congrats to Carl Albert on a great game, definitely a class program led by great coaches," Tigers head coach Kyle Jessie posted on Facebook. "Always tough losing, but I just wanna thank my guys for one (heck) of a season. New coach, new plays, new philosophies, and they bought in entirely. From the very first meeting in June, I told them we are going to play in the state tournament and here we are today, losing a hard-fought battle in the state semifinals."

Free throws ended up being the difference in the game as Ardmore went 4-for-4 compared to the Titans, who converted 19-of-24 at the charity stripe.

That margin was tough to overcome as the Tigers never led after holding a slim advantage in the opening minutes of the game.

Ardmore senior Chadre McGee’s 3-pointer brought the Tigers within 39-34 with 4:45 remaining in the third quarter, but that was as close as they could get down the stretch.

Ardmore senior Elijah Franks tallied eight points on Friday in a loss to Carl Albert.

Jordyn Brown led Ardmore with 15 points, while DD Coleman added 13 and Dion Brown scored 11. Tigers senior Elijah Franks tallied eight and McGee finished with seven.

Ardmore trailed 20-13 at the end of the first quarter, but cut the deficit to 20-19 before Carl Albert took a 31-24 advantage into halftime.

The Tigers battled in the third, but McGee’s 3-pointer couldn’t spark the offense as they trailed 52-43 at the end of the quarter.

Ardmore trailed 57-50 with 5:25 left in the game, but the Titans once again pulled way for the win.

The Tigers end the season with a record of 12-9 in head coach Kyle Jessie’s first year at the helm.