Lions roll over Atoka, 63-37
RANDY BRUCE Sports Editor
DURANT - The Durant Lions got sweet revenge against Atoka Wampus Cats on Tuesday night.
In the season opener, Durant fell to Atoka 91-85. This time around the, Durant’s defense held the high scoring team in check and beat Atoka 63-37.
Durant put three players in double-digits. Zac Cater led the team in scoring with 16 points, James Donelean caught fire and scored 14 points and Skye Lowe had 10 points.
“We came out and played smart. We held the tempo of the game and that is something that we have been talking about. We kept the tempo the way we wanted it and not letting them get into their game,” said head coach Jason Wilkerson.
And the Lions did just that.
In the first period, Durant was on fire as they went on a scoring spree. The Lions went on 8-0 run in the opening minutes. Then they went on a 17-5 run to close out quarter and led 21-5.
“We didn’t let them run and throw over the top us to get transition three’s, that’s what they did to us last time. By negating that, we got them out of rhythm,” said Wilkerson. “Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. We just played a solid, fundamental basketball game.”
The scoring slipped in the second quarter for Durant as they were outscored by a small margin of 11-6. But Durant took a comfy led into the half, 31-16.
Durant came out with hot hand in the third period as the Lions defense shut down Atoka at the start. The Lions went on another run of 7-2. Atoka tried to counter mid-way through period with a 10-6 run, but the damage had been done as the Lions led 44-28 headed into the fourth period.
Durant’s defense came up big again as they held Atoka to mere nine points in the fourth period and the Durant offense scored 19 points to the put the game to rest.
“We show a lot of discipline tonight and play fundamentally sound basketball,” said Wilkerson.
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