ADA — The Ada Cougar did a lot of things right against Durant Tuesday night.

But coach Scott Lowrance’s team just didn’t hit enough buckets to keep pace with the Lions in a 47-36 setback.

Durant improved to 7-8 on the season while Ada slipped to 6-8.

The Cougars got off to an ice-cold 1-for-12 start from the floor, trailed by as many as seven late in the second quarter but scored five points in a row — including a coast-to-coast layup by Cody Hibbard — that cut the DHS lead to 17-15 just before the halftime break.

Bo White hit a jumper near the top of the key as time was running out and Durant led 19-15 at the break.

Ada got a bucket from Michael Roberts to open the third quarter and again get within two, but Durant scored the next six points on a putback by Will Robinson, a 3-pointer by White and a free throw by Justin Stephens, and the hosts never could get over the hump after that.

“I thought our kids played well. We executed our offense pretty well, we just missed some easy shots. We missed some shots we normally make. A couple of shots are halfway down and come back out, and when you are scratching and clawing for every basket, missing a couple of easy shots hurts you,” Lowrance said.

Ada trailed 31-25 heading into the final eight minutes and still trailed 35-30 with 4:20 remaining after back-to-back hoops by freshman Colton Richardson. But the Cougars couldn’t string together any more points and didn’t get closer the rest of the way.

White, who finished with 14 points, went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe in the final 1:07 to help salt the game away.

“It just kind of ballooned on us in the end, but that’s what happens when shots don’t go for you,” Lowrance said. “Tonight if our shots fall, it’s a different ballgame. We’re in the ballgame, we just have to make some shots.”

Robinson was the offensive catalyst for the Lions, making a number of big baskets en route to a game-high 15 points. He also had six rebounds.

“Will Robinson wore us out. He played really well,” Lowrance said.

And, although 6-9 center Michael Krumel — a highly-touted exchange student from the Czech Republic — wasn’t much of a factor on the offensive end, he did pull down a game-high 10 rebounds and had four blocked shots.

Roberts scored 12 points — including a nifty dipsy-do basket midway through the third quarter — on 5-of-8 shooting. But no other Ada starter shot 50 percent. Richardson added 10 points and four rebounds while Hibbard had seven points and five caroms.

And now the bad news. Ada travels to Broken Bow Friday night to take on the Savages, who moved up to No. 1 in Class 4A this week. The Savages avoided the upset when they edged Ada, 60-53, on Dec. 16 inside the Cougar Activity Center.

“Friday night they’re going to throw up the ball in Broken Bow and if we hang our heads after this one and have a couple of cruddy practices, Broken Bow could hang a 30-spot on us,” Lowrance said. “But we took Broken Bow to the buzzer down here. We match up well with them and if we go down there positive, we have a chance to get a win.”

Ada then travels to Idabel Saturday afternoon, with the girls contest set to begin at 1:30 p.m.