Duke Basketball "DOUBLE DIPS" At Class B State Tournament – Presented by American Gypsum of Duke

American Gypsum of Duke

The long and winding road that leads to the Big House, also known as the State Fairgrounds Arena in Oklahoma City, is paved with good intentions and the occasional detour due to the final score. Yet, whether on the boys court or the girls floor, the Duke Tigers have continued to make the right turns and have reached the Class B State Tournaments again in 2019.Duke Boys  FB_IMG_1550388377484

The season has been near perfect for the Tigers of coach Nick Gable after reaching the eight-team field at the state tournament with a perfect 29-0 record and a number-two ranking with senior experience coming from Noah Clausen and Tommy McGee.

It’s a mission that immediately began following an OT loss in last year’s first round of the state tournament and fueled by the desire of every player on this year’s roster to not allow coach Gable to shave following the Tigers’ mentor making a pre-season commitment not to shave until the team lost its first game. With an undefeated record intact entering first round play versus number seven ranked Paden in a Thursday afternoon tip-off, the Tigers have instructed their coach to leave his razor at home.

Like their male counterparts, Duke started its quest to reach the girls state tournament spewing the taste of last season’s exit in the Area tournament. Lost is the bitter flavor of last season that has been replaced by the sweetness of victories in 2018-19. The Lady Tigers of coach Rick Wilson are in chase mode for the Class B Girls Gold Ball following another successful season earning a 25-5 record with the senior experience from Amber Bustos, Layton Butler and Emelie Vonraefeld. Duke Lady Tigers  _DSC7058-2(1)

Duke opened this year by winning 14 of its first 15 outings and went on to win the District and Regional tournament titles before a minor detour in the Area tournament in round one. Wilson’s lineup refused to be denied their ticket to play in the Class B girls state tournament following a thrilling 55-54 win in the Area consolation contest. The state tournament invitation resulted in a Thursday night finale against number three-ranked Varnum at the Big House.

The buses are ready to roll followed, or perhaps even escorted by a legion of followers that will make the journey to Oklahoma City with plans of a three-day road trip culminating on Saturday where the Tigers and Lady Tigers hope to hear the public address announcer say…it’s Championship Saturday and Duke you HAVE made it to the Big House that will no doubt be echoed with the reply…WE ARE DUKE!