|01/27/20 - |
It wasn’t the greatest of starts for the Ada High basketball teams Thursday at the 2020 Ortho “Sweet Pea” Curtis Invitational in Newcastle.
In a boys contest, the Cougars led the entire way until 4:32 left in the fourth quarter in a 64-52 loss to Lawton Christian.
Coach Garland Parks’ team, ranked 6 in Class 4A, dropped to 10-4 on the year, while the Crusaders improved to 18-4.
The Cougars jumped out to leads of 16-10 and 34-26 in the first half before the Crusaders began to rally.
Ada still led 44-40 heading into the fourth quarter, but Lawton Christian finished the game on a 24-8 run.
Kaden Cooper hit three 3-pointers and led Ada with 19 points, while Jaxson Robinson sank a pair of triples and scored 15. Jake Shannon also reached double figures with 10 points.
Freshman point guard Jeremiah Barnes exploded for 30 points to pace the Crusaders. Reginald Kennedy added 12 points, and TaRiq Jordan reached double digits with 10.
Didier Maleng, Lawton Christian’s 6-10 post player from the Republic of the Congo, had seven points before fouling out.