Wilson’s 39 points sinks Bulldogs in home opener


By Ryan Lewis - ryan@altustimes.com



Carson Pickett hits a three-point shot against Duncan. Pickett led Altus with 18 points on his first game back from injury.


Rick Carpenter | Altus Times Davyjon Ford (20) goes in for a layup over (NO. 15). Ford had six points in the loss.


The Altus Bulldogs’ attempt to right the ship came up short Friday night when the Bulldogs fell to the Duncan Demons by a final score of 74-65.

With Carson Pickett back in the lineup for Altus, the Bulldogs’ offense found the spark it was missing from the season opener against Elgin, but Duncan had Kevin Wilson who proved to be a thorn in the side of the Bulldogs all night long on his way to 39 points.

Altus took the first lead of the game and rode it into the second quarter, outscoring the Demons 18-15. But the Bulldogs struggled in the second quarter while Duncan surged ahead of Altus on an 18-4 run that gave the Demons a 43-28 lead heading into halftime.

The Bulldogs came out of the break on a hot streak, outscoring Duncan 11-2 to pull within six points. The two teams continued to trade shots but Duncan was able to extend it’s lead to 47-59 at the end of three.

Altus continued to battle for the remainder of the game but couldn’t close the gap.

Pickett said he thought the effort was there and it’s just a matter of fixing the issues on defense for this team to find its groove.

“We played really hard,” Pickett said. “We turned the ball over a lot and our help side defense wasn’t the strongest — which really hurt us — but those are things we can fix. Our effort was there and we fought until the end which is important.”

Coming off the injury, Pickett led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Hunter Webb had 12 points and was a force on defense, contesting and blocking shots around the rim to keep Duncan from putting even more points on the board.

Johnny Olivas also found success for the Bulldogs, scoring 11 points while hitting three shots from deep. Davyjon Ford and Tim Gloria each chipped in six points and Keegan Shive and Elijah Boyle each had four.

Duncan was led by Wilson and Sam Peterson. Peterson finished with 18 points with the bulk of his points coming from the free throw line. He converted 12 of his 14 attempts at the charity stripe.

J.J. Babineaux andCoby Kirkland each had six points while Grant Braught chipped in five points for the Demons.

Statistically, Duncan led all categories but blocks, field goal percentage and three-point percentage. Duncan had 38 rebounds to Altus’ 32, 20 assists to Altus’ 18 and 14 steals to Altus’ 12. The Bulldogs finished with five blocked shots and shot 48 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. Altus shot 65 percent from the charity stripe.

The Demons hit 71 percent from the free throw line and made as many free throws as the Bulldogs attempted all game.

Coach Brandon Kephart said he was proud of the way the boys played but also said turnovers is still an issue.

“The guys played really hard…” Kephart said, “we just turned the ball over too much. We won every quarter except the second and we shot a better percentage than they did, from the three-point line as well as from two. We just have to clean up the turnovers and do a better job of defending without fouling. Carson, Johnny and Hunter really gave us a spark on the offensive end.”

The Bulldogs will not play this week but will return to action against the Weatherford Eagles in Weatherford on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

Carson Pickett hits a three-point shot against Duncan. Pickett led Altus with 18 points on his first game back from injury.
http://www.altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Duncan-at-Altus-boys-5-grayscale-1.jpgCarson Pickett hits a three-point shot against Duncan. Pickett led Altus with 18 points on his first game back from injury.

Rick Carpenter | Altus Times Davyjon Ford (20) goes in for a layup over (NO. 15). Ford had six points in the loss.
http://www.altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Duncan-at-Altus-boys-1-grayscale-1.jpgRick Carpenter | Altus Times Davyjon Ford (20) goes in for a layup over (NO. 15). Ford had six points in the loss.

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By Ryan Lewis

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Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

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