The Ada High boys basketball team capped off a good run through the East Central Oklahoma Classic with a convincing 63-44 win over Durant Saturday evening inside the Cougar Activity Center.
The Cougars, ranked No. 19 in Class 4A, improved to 6-4 on the year, while Durant fell to 1-8.
Ada raced to a commanding 16-2 lead after a putback by sophomore post player Sam Godwin with just under four minutes to play in the first quarter. Godwin, who finished with eight points in the initial frame, hit a layup following a Kobe Burgess steal to extend the Ada advantage to 22-4 late in the first period.
The Cougars used a 10-0 surge midway through the second quarter and found themselves ahead 35-13 after a fast-break score from Cody Smith. Ada settled for a 39-16 halftime edge.
The Cougars finished 17-of-32 from the field (53.1 percent) throughout the first two quarters and had drained five 3-point shots before the break.
Ada featured a balanced scoring attack as three players — Sam Godwin, Jaxson Robinson and Cody Smith — each scored 15 points. Godwin added six rebounds and two blocks, Robinson finished 4-of-4 from 3-point range, and Smith went 7-of-10 from the field and added three steals.
Kylen Cooper contributed six points and five boards off the bench, while Burgess — who was named to the all-tournament team — finished with five points, seven rebounds, three steals and four assists.
The Cougars finished with 10 steals and forced 18 Durant turnovers.
Durant got 12 points, including a pair of triples, from Daniel Long, while Drake Cates added 11 points and five boards.
Ada won the battle of the boards 36-23. The Cougars sank 8-of-17 3-point attempts and got triples from five different players — Robinson, Smith, Burgess, Godwin and Jackson McFarlane.
Ada host arch-rival McAlester tonight back at the Cougar Activity Center.
Ada boys fall to Sapulpa in OT
Despite nearly 30 turnovers, getting three starters in quick foul trouble and missing 12 free throws, the Ada Cougars forced overtime against Class 6A No. 10 Sapulpa before dropping a 61-57 decision in the semifinals of the ECOC Friday night.
The Cougars trailed by three with just under two minutes to play in the fourth when Julian Smith hit a short jumper to put Sapulpa on top 54-51.
Cody Smith made the first of two free throws at the 1:38 mark to get Ada within two before Kobe Burgess knotted the score at 54-54 with 40.9 ticks remaining that ultimately forced overtime.
Julian Smith scored six of his team’s seven overtime points to help hold Ada off. The SHS playmaker finished with a game-high 25 points. Hunter Hoggatt added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, for Sapulpa (7-1).
While Ada hit just 15-of-27 free throws in the game, Sapulpa made 17-of-28.
The Cougars fell into an early 17-10 hole after the 6A power opened the game going 4-of-4 from the field and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Ada still trailed 27-21 at halftime but opened the third quarter with an impressive 12-3 surge. Burgess and Cody Smith ended the run with back-to-back 3-pointers that put Ada on top 33-30 at the 5:22 mark of the third frame.
Jaxson Robinson scored with 2:017 left in the third period to put Ada on top 37-32. However, Sapulpa scored eight quick points down the stretch, including 3-point shots from Peter Cheng and Hoggatt to carry a 40-37 lead into the exciting fourth quarter.
Burgess, despite sitting out most of the first half with foul trouble, led the Ada charge with 17 points, four steals and two assists. Kylen Cooper, Robinson, Cody Smith and Sam Godwin all added nine points apiece for the Cougs.