For the third time this season, the Altus Bulldogs (4-11) and the Duncan Demons (4-15) squared off on the hardwood in a Class 5A showdown.
The two teams first met in December and the Bulldogs overwhelmed the Demons 65-46 for Altus’ first win of the season, but Duncan avenged that loss by beating the Bulldogs 64-51 in the Chickasha tournament.
Tied at 1-1 for the season, the Bulldogs sought a win Friday after three consecutive losses. But they could not find their rhythm in the first half of play and fell into an early hole they could not climb out of, losing the game by a final score of 59-43.
A 12-2 run by the Demons in the second quarter pushed the lead to 25-7 and although the Bulldogs closed out the quarter with three Hunter Webb free throws and a Sha’Quan French three-pointer, the Demons went into the break with a 30-13 lead.
The Demons sank one in the third, but Altus scored eight unanswered points to close the gap to 11.
The two teams traded shots for the remainder of the quarter before a Trevor Williams three-pointer at the end of the third quarter brought the Bulldogs within nine.
Duncan began the fourth quarter with a free throw, but a Destin Palomo shot from beyond the arc pulled the Bulldogs to within seven, giving Altus life in the fourth.
But the Demons engineered a 12-0 run with five minutes remaining in the game to extend the lead and put the Bulldogs behind for good, earning Duncan a 59-43 victory.
Williams scored 14 points, while French added nine and Esquivel finished with six.
The Bulldogs are slated to host Elk City at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Lady Bulldogs dominate Duncan
The Lady Bulldogs (10-6) dominated the Lady Demons (9-11) the first time they met with a 49-32 win, and swept the season series Friday evening with a 55-43 victory.
Jordan Benway scored 19 for the Lady Bulldogs. Benway led Altus in scoring the last two games and averaged 20 points per game in that span.
Nine of Benway’s 19 points came from the free throw line where she sank all but three of her attempts.
For the Lady Bulldogs, 13 of 21 fourth-quarter points came from free throws.
Mariah Watson’s 10 points included four free throws in the final quarter and Kiandra Knight scored all six of her points at the free throw line in the fourth.
The Lady Bulldogs broke a two-game skid and are set to host Elk City at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.