Duncan’s first road trip of the season was one they wouldn’t mind forgetting.
Facing a pair of strong El Reno squads, both the Demons and the Lady Demons took their most lopsided losses of the season Friday. The Duncan boys fell, 62-41, while the girls lost 67-27.
As if coming off a heartbreaking three overtime loss to rival Ardmore wasn’t enough, the Demons were without their most experienced player, Jack Braught, who was making a football recruiting visit to Harvard.
“It’s hard to take away (a player that averages) 18 points and 12 rebounds from the team against a good team like El Reno,” Duncan coach Mikel Davison said.
The Demon’s next-most experienced player, Je’Mario McCoy, was in foul trouble early on and only saw about 4 minutes of court time.
Without the two, the Demons had a hard time keeping up with Indians, falling behind 18-6 in the first quarter and 31-17 by halftime.
While Duncan (2-2) nearly traded points with El Reno in the second half, it couldn’t manage a comeback.
“A loss is a loss, but it can also be a learning experience,” Davison said. “I don’t think this loss is indicative of what kind of ball club we are.”
Junior Isiah Ervin led Duncan with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while juniors DeAndre Vermaire and McCoy each added nine. Senior Cade Baldwin finished with eight points, sophomore Ben Peterson had three points and five rebounds and junior Dylan Wright chipped in with two points. Senior Carter David, meanwhile, pulled down eight rebounds.
After struggling against Ardmore’s full-court press on Tuesday, the Lady Demons seemed to have that part of the game figured out.
This time, it was the half-court defense of El Reno that got them.
Duncan was able to keep it relatively close early on in the game, but in the second half, the Lady Indians began to run away with it.
“In the third quarter is when they really started hitting their shots,” Duncan coach Aaron Minor said. “They started hitting their 3s and we couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end.”
The loss drops the Lady Demons to 1-3, but with a small break in the schedule, the team hopes build from those losses.
“We don’t have a game on Tuesday, so we’ve got four days to get in there and practice and work on things,” Minor said.