DURANT - The Durant Lions had three players in double-digits as they rolled over the Duncan Demons 80-41 on Friday at the Lions Den.
Skye Lowe had another productive night as he led his team in scoring with 18 points. Taylor Cox knocked down three 3-pointer and finished with 16 points and Tyler Stovall was close behind with 15 points.
For the second time this season the Lions have posted 80 points or more.
“We started a new offense, we put it in last week,” said head coach Jason Wilkerson. “It’s a good offense, it’s hard to stop.”
Durant’s defense stepped up and stopped the Demons from entering the paint and forced Duncan to outside shots.
“The scouting report was that they were acceptable to turnovers. I wanted to take advantage of the that the best we could,” said Wilkerson. “They got us early, but we recovered and adjust. We have a lot of different things that we can throw at people. And once we got a comfortable lead, we went to zone defense and made them work the ball and let the time run, let them make mistakes and capitalize off of them.”
Coach Wilkerson deiced to mix up things a bit at the beginning of the game. He started the backups for the first four minutes of the game. And they came through.
“We did a new starting line-up tonight. I let them play for it. Our starters wasn’t giving me the energy I wanted, so we played for a 5 minute span and the second group jumped all over them,” said Wilkerson. “Then I started it over and left the score the same and I said, ‘You got five minutes and this is for starting on game night.’ And they (starters) didn’t really bring it. Then we had a long talk with the starting five. It’s a matter of bringing everything you have. It doesn’t matter if it’s in practice or in games. We have to do it in both settings, it’s the only way to get better.”
The new starting line up came out hot in the first period and once they were done they gave the regular starters a good staring point as the only trailed 10-12. Durant would take the 20-18 lead into the second period.
Durant pulled out to a 38-20 lead half way through the second period as they went on a punishing 18-2 run. Duncan tried to rally, but the Lions couldn’t be stop as they led 48-30 at halftime.
Then the Lions flexed its offensive and defensive muscle in the third as they outscored Duncan 22-3 and led 70-35 at the end of the period.
Duncan only scored six points in the fourth period as the Lions continued to roll and beat Duncan 80-41.