CHICKASHA — A pair of back to back threes in the third quarter from Ben Petersen gave him a game high 19 points for Duncan, but the Demons still fell short 64-44 against No. 19 Moore at the Chickasha Classic Thursday.
Lions junior Jaylon Wilson was the thorn in the Demons’ side most of the game, coming away with a team leading 15 points. It means Moore will play either Chickasha or Altus in the final, scheduled for later in the evening.
Duncan did well at first to break the Lions press and set up the offense. The Demons rarely capitalized on this, however, and that left the door open for Moore. Both Cole Oliver and Dante Butler hit from three point range, and 6’ 7” senior Brayden Powell grabbed a couple of buckets down low.
Petersen was the bright spot for Duncan. The point guard was a steady source of offense, and offered up the occasional flash of skill. After stealing the ball, Petersen sprinted down to the left block before jump stopping and pulling of a nifty inside spin move to dish the ball to Collin Klingensmith for the open layup. He finished with five points on the night. The game looked about over after just one quarter, though, with Moore up 24-6.
Much of that was down to Wilson. He had 12 first half points, working in tandem with point guard Butler. He was a constant threat from the perimeter and balanced the offense with the tall Powell gaining a lot of attention by the Demons defense. Duncan was able to keep pace in the second frame, but Moore went into the break up by 18.
Sophomore Nathan Clark started to come alive for Duncan in the third quarter, grabbing a quick five points after he was found open down low and converted on his chances. A 6-1 run by Duncan coming out of halftime prompted a Moore timeout, but with a commanding lead they simply settled down and used the time they had to run the clock down.