Newcastle — Stellar efforts by Cory Kilby on offense and Tryce Prince on defense weren’t enough as the Class 4A 16th-ranked Ada Cougars fell to 10th-ranked Woodward, 65-54, Saturday in the championship game of the Newcastle Tournament.
Kilby poured in 27 points, including two 3-pointers, and Tryce Prince added 11 points, including a pair of treys, to go with some solid second-half defense against the Boomers’ top scorer.
“Tryce Prince did an outstanding job matching up with Woodward’s Taylan Iliff, holding him to six points in the second half,” said Ada Head Coach Ron Anderson. “Tryce keeps improving each and every game since returning from his football injury. He is becoming a defensive stopper, something we haven’t had in a while.”
For Kilby, it was a third-straight magnificent scoring effort after notching 32 points each in the first two tournament games.
He and teammate Walker Whitworth named to the all-tournament team after Whitworth scored six points, off a pair of 3-point jumpers, for the Cougars on Saturday after tallying 21 and 23 in the first two games.
“Walker and Cory had outstanding games and I am really proud of their performances. But the others played well,” Anderson said.
Jamal Henderson followed with seven points for Ada and David Forbes sank one 3-pointer.
“I thought Jamal played his best back-to-back games this year. David Forbes is a player mismatch for many teams we play,” said Anderson.
Woodward jumped out to a 21-13 advantage after one quarter and led 37-25 at halftime. But the Cougars had a 29-28 edge in the second half.
“We went to a conventional man-to-man (defense) in the second half and slowed the Boomers down a bit in the second half,” Anderson said.
Three players reached double figures for Woodward, led by Taylan Iliff’s 22, Kaleb Roach’s 18 and Kale Hixon’s 11.
“The way we played a switching defense against Blanchard the day before, I felt we could do the same against Woodward,” said Anderson. “That didn’t work as well just because Woodward has better players.”
The Cougars hosted Madill on Tuesday for the first of four straight home games.
Ada will also host Harrah on Friday, Duncan on Saturday and McAlester next Tuesday.