|Parks Joins Ada As Basketball Coach|
The hunt for a new Ada High School boys basketball coach is over.
Ada City Schools introduced Garland Parks Jr. as the new Cougar coach Tuesday moring at the Board of education office. Parks spent the last nine years coaching at Northeast Academy in Oklahoma City.
Parks told The Ada News it was an easy choice for him to fill the boys basketball job at Ada High that was left when veteran coach Ron Anderson stepped down last month.
“It was a no-brainer for me. It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be here. I’m excited,” he said.
What made Ada so attractive?
“The biggest thing was the commitment to the overall athletic program. Everyone I’ve talked to seems so supportive and focused on the overall athletic program having success,” he said.
|Pruitt Named 2017 Player Of The Year|
One could say Ben Pruitt is going out on top on various levels.
The standout, who finished his career with 1,364 points (fourth on Ada High School’s all-time list), has concluded a magnificent career with the Cougars and has been named The Ada News All-Area Boys Player of the Year for the second straight time.
This not only signals the end of a prep basketball career for Pruitt, but a basketball career, period. Pruitt, also a star golfer, will continue his athletic career on the links in college. He is undecided where that will be.
“I’m really proud of what Ben has accomplished,” said recently resigned Ada head coach Ron Anderson. “He’s one of the hardest-working and most dedicated players I ever had. He broke the mold. Like I’ve said before, I’ve had to kick him out of the gym. But that’s what he does. Whether it’s on the golf course or on the basketball floor, he’s going to work on what may have gone wrong and he’ll figure it out for himself. That’s what separates him from the rest.”
|Rangers Defeat Ada Boys|
The Ada High basketball team was hoping the sequel would have a much better outcome than the original. It turned out that the ending was just as bad.
In a rematch with No. 12 Roland with a state tournament berth on the line, the Runnin’ Rangers used a fast start to the third quarter to take control and held off No. 6 Ada 58-48 in a Class 4A Area Tournament consolation championship game Saturday night on Wayne Cobb Court at East Central University.
Roland — which defeated Ada 44-41 in a regional championship game a week earlier — advanced to this week’s Class 4A State Tournament with a 24-3 record, while Ada’s season came to an end at 20-7.
“They gave us some chances; we just didn’t take advantage of it,” said Ada head coach Ron Anderson. “They’re good. They have a very good team. They have several players that are tough to guard. Give them credit. They did an outstanding job.”
|Cougars Defeat Poteau|
Dominating every phase of the game, the sixth-ranked Ada Cougars rolled to a 75-42 rout of the Poteau Pirates Thursday night in a Class 4A regional clash at the Cougar Activity Center.
Ada, 18-5 on the season, shot 52 percent from the floor, nailed 11-of-14 free shots and owned a commanding 39-19 advantage on the boards, 39-19. The Cougar starters didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Kobe Burgess, who missed Ada’s previous two games, fired in 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor. He hit one 3-point shot and was 6-of-6 from the free-throw line to go with six steals and four assists.
Senior Ben Pruitt followed with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting as he nailed one trey and snatched seven rebounds.
Leading the rebounding effort for Ada was Tanner Gilliam, who collected 13 to go with his five points, two steals and a blocked shot.
“That’s what Tanner really gives to us, being a magnet to the ball. Vaughn (Appleman) also did a good job on the boards,” said Ada head coach Ron Anderson. “They played a sagging man (defense) which allowed us to put up a lot of shots from the outside, and we made most of them.”
|Cougars Defeat Ardmore In OT|
An 8-1 run in overtime lifted the Class 4A sixth-ranked Ada Cougars to a 56-49 victory Tuesday night over the host and Class 5A 12th-ranked Ardmore Tigers.|
Ada, which improved to 15-4 on the season, had two chances to end it in regulation late but came up empty on the shots.
However, the Cougars quickly scored in overtime, with sophomore Kobe Burgess and senior Ben Pruitt scoring three apiece to pull away. Burgess poured in a game-high 27 points, and Pruitt ended up with 16.
Vaughn Appleman tallied six points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Tanner Gilliam followed with four, and Adam Anderson had the team’s only 3-point basket of the night.
“We played a 1-3-1 defense the whole game. Ardmore was able to tie it in the fourth,” said Ada head coach Ron Anderson. “They were able to get lots of penetrations once Vaughn fouled out, and they did a great job (defensively) on Ben.”
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