DURANT - The Durant Lions had the Ardmore Tigers on its heels in the fourth quarter with a 43-38 lead, but the Tigers rallied and beat Durant 52-51 at the Lions Den on Tuesday night.
“Our defense broke down at the end. We gave them some 3’s that were uncontested and overall the defesne did well. But our basketball IQ has to get better and it will,” said head coach Jason Wilkerson.
Skye Lowe led the team in scoring with 14 points and Tyler Stovall had 9 points. Zac Cater had 8 points.
Durant had to dig itself out of a hole as they were outscored in the first period 16-9. Then the Lions came roaring back in the second period and trailed 29-24 at the half.
In the third period, the Lions began the quarter with a 9-4 run as Cater, James Donelean, Stovall and Lowe all pitched in buckets. Landry White hit a 3-pointer and Stovall would also hit a 3-pointer with time running out to give the Lions a 43-36 led headed into the fourth period.
Durant had a 46-40 lead with 3:22 left in the game. Then the Lions’ defense began to break down and they let Ardmore tie the game at 46 apiece with back-to-back 3-pointers with a 1:56 left on the clock. Then Ardmore took the led 50-48 with nine seconds left in the game.
The Lions had to get the ball inbounds, but the pass from Lowe was tipped and the Lions turned the ball over to the Tigers. Then Ardmore hit both free-throws to give them a 52-48 lead. Stovall hit a 3-pointer with one second left, but the Lions fell 52-51.
“It’s my fault. I gotta do a better job coaching these boys,” said Wilkerson. “I do a better job of making sure these boys are more disciplined. So, it’s on me. And we are going to get better no matter what.”