|Ada Boys Win District|
|02/20/18 - |
The 19th-ranked Ada Cougars got in early foul trouble, had to play a freshman who hadn’t played a minute of varsity basketball before, were without the services of two reserve post players and committed 22 turnovers in their matchup with Blanchard during a Class 4A District championship game Friday night inside the Cougar Activity Center.
Ada still won, 44-35.
“It certainly wasn’t pretty. We didn’t take care of the ball. We didn’t execute offensively or defensively,” said Ada head coach Garland Parks. “It was a struggle for us all around, yet the kids hung tough and made some plays when it counted late in the game, and we were able to come out with a win.”
It was the turnovers that seemed to bother Parks the most.
“We were being really careless with the basketball, which we can’t do at this time of the year,” he said.
|Cougars Defeat Harrah|
|02/15/18 - |
HARRAH – Kylen Cooper tallied eight of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Class 4A 19th-ranked Ada Cougars rolled to a 63-44 victory over the host Harrah Panthers on Friday night.
Cooper was one of three double-digit scorers for Ada as Kobe Burgess finished with 15 points, nine in the second half, and Jaxson Robinson ended up with 14, including two treys, to go with nine rebounds.
Burgess also had seven rebounds, eight steals and a school- record 14 assists in the game.
“Kobe was simply incredible. If he had not sat out six minutes in the first half, he might have had a quadruple double,” said Mick “Voice of the Ada Cougars” Cowan.
Eight players got into the scoring column for the Cougars, as Cody Smith chipped in six points and Tanner Gilliam contributed four.
Ada outscored Harrah, 22-12, in the opening quarter, maintained that 10-point advantage at halftime, 32-22, and was up by a 44-36 count heading into the fourth. The Cougars then closed the game with a 19-8 fourth-period run.
|Ada Boys Defeat McAlester|
|02/01/18 - |
MCALESTER — I guess a 34-point beat down of archrival McAlester on its own home floor counts as a successful debut for Ada assistant boys basketball coach Kyle Caufield.
The Ada Cougars shot 57.8 percent from the field, and 57.1 percent from 3-point range, andout-rebounded McAlester 38-21 on the way to a convincing 65-31 win over the Buffaloes Tuesday night before the usual rowdy crowd inside Bob Brumley Gymnasium.
The Cougars, ranked No. 19 in Class 4A, improved to 13-6 on the year, while McAlester sank to 5-14.
Caufield, Ada’s longtime assistant coach, was in charge of the Ada boys while first-year head coach Garland Parks was at home, recovering from the flu. Caufield admitted he was a bit nervous before the game got tipped off.
“There’s always going to be jitters there — the excitement of the game, where we’re at. I’ve played in this rivalry myself. I just wanted the kids to play hard and put on a good show,” he said.
|Cougars Defeat Blanchard At Newcastle|
|01/21/18 - |
NEWCASTLE – The Ada Cougars overcame a slow start and the first-half absence of Kobe Burgess to register a 53-47 win over Blanchard Thursday in the opening round of the 2018 “Sweet Pea” Tournament in Newcastle.
Ada, 9-5 on the season with that victory, fell into a 7-0 hole, and Burgess missed the entire first two quarters due to a sprained ankle he suffered in Tuesday’s home victory over Durant.
“We tried to be cautious, and he missed practice Wednesday. He was limping around in warmups,” said Ada head coach Garland Parks. “He told me, ‘I’m OK…I’m OK.’ I stuck him in there. He and the team played an outstanding second half.”
|Cougars dispose of visiting DHS Lions|
|01/18/18 - |
The Ada Cougars did just about what they needed to do to secure a 40-30 win over Durant Tuesday night inside the Cougar Activity Center.
Unfortunately, they did a lot of it without junior playmaker Kobe Burgess, who left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and didn’t return. At halftime, he sat on the end of the Ada bench with his foot propped up and iced down.
First-year Ada head coach Garland Parks didn’t want to speculate about how serious the ankle injury was.
“I’m not really sure right now. He’s going to ice it tonight and come in tomorrow morning and let the trainer evaluate it,” Parks said.
Ada improved to 8-5 on the year, while Durant slid to 1-11.
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