|02/12/19 - |
Ada High’s basketball teams sent their seniors out with a bang on Senior Night inside the Cougar Activity Center.
“It’s great for the kids, and it’s certainly great for the seniors to go out with a win. It was fun for the entire team,” said Ada boys head coach Garland Parks.
Both Ada teams are ranked No. 12 in Class 5A
The Cougars raced out to a 22-7 lead after a 3-pointer by Trey Havens with just over five minutes left in the second quarter.
The Lions cut their deficit to 27-19 by halftime and still just trailed by 10 after Tyler Hamblin scored on a drive with 3:56 left in the third quarter. Ada finished that frame with a 16-6 volley and after Jaxson Robinson drilled a fallaway 3-pointer at the buzzer, the hosts carried a 52-32 lead into the final period.
Robinson finished with 18 points and eight rebounds to pace the Ada offense, while Cody Smith followed with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Freshman Kaden Cooper gave Ada a nice spark with 10 points, five rebounds and two steals off the bench.
Jake Shannon just missed double figure with nine points for the locals.
Daniel Long hit five long 3-pointers and scored a game-high 20 points for Durant.
The biggest ovation of the night came on Ada’s first play of the game, when senior Clay Balthrop buried a 3-pointer right after the Cougars won the opening tip.
“They had been asking me about this jump ball play, and I had been telling them no. Tonight, before they got introduced, I told them to go ahead and do it,” Parks said. “That was a play they had worked on.”
Balthrop, along with fellow seniors Tanner Gilliam and Cody Smith, were honored between games.
“(Those seniors) mean everything — the leadership they bring, the work ethic, the positivity. They will be sorely missed,” Parks said.