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Ada — It was showtime again for the Ada High boys basketball team.
The Cougars run-and-gunned their way to leads of 20-5 and 41-15 and buried Madill 78-50 Tuesday night inside the Cougar Activity Center.
Coach Ron Anderson’s team (No. 16 in Class 4A) improved to 10-6, while Madill slumped to 4-8.
Ada hit eight of its first nine field goals and forced six Madill turnovers in opening the game with a 20-5 surge.
“I told the kids afterwards, 'Making shots sure solves a lot of problems,'” Anderson said. “This reminds me of our Blanchard game (Ada scored 40 points in just under 11 minutes in that 79-45 victory). When we make baskets and get to the glass like we did tonight ... it’s a pretty good group to watch. I told them I think we can be a pretty good team, but we’re also fun to watch at the same time.”
Ada star junior Cory Kilby didn’t miss a thing. He had four highlight reel dunks in the game, including two in the initial volley. In fact, he scored the first two points of the game on a one-handed throw-down after a steal by Tryce Prince. His next dunk also followed one of six Prince steals in the game. But this time, Prince was the first one down the court and made a backward bounce pass to the trailing Kilby, who flushed it home with two hands.
Later in the first quarter, Kilby slammed the ball home after a outback. His one-handed monster slam capped Ada’s game-opening 41-15 run that ended at the 4:15 mark of the second period.
Kilby would finish a perfect 10-of-10 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line for a game-high 29 points.
Ada shooting guard Walker Whitworth, who usually makes his living from beyond the 3-point arc, hit two triples against Madill and scored on repeated drives to the basket. He finished with 21 points and three steals.
Jamal Henderson also reached double figures with 10 points.
The Wildcats got 12 points from Samuel Bond, while Colton Clements hit double figures with 10 points. Madill committed 27 turnovers in the contest.
“Not taking anything away from Madill, but we’re not going to see many teams like that the rest of the way,” Anderson said.
Next up for Ada is a battle with Harrah, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, at home Friday night.
Anderson and his club are looking forward to the showdown inside the Cougar Activity Center.
“I think we have everything to gain and nothing to lose,” he said. “This is a game we’re supposed to lose. It’s against a Top 3 team in the state. I don’t feel we’re supposed to lose it, but the consensus is around the state is we probably will.”
A win could give Ada a last-minute boost in the rankings.
“If we lose, it probably won’t affect us much. If we win, it can really benefit us,” Anderson said. “It could make a difference come playoff time as far as who we play and where we play. If we play like we played in the first half (against Madill), we certainly have a chance.”