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February 21, 2014

Pacers win 10th straight, Plainsmen fall

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LAWTON, Okla. — Braden Rogers scored 15 points and Devon Edwards added 12, but Enid couldn’t keep pace with hot-shooting Eisenhower, losing its ninth straight, 75-54.

Enid whittled a double-digit deficit to 32-23 by halftime, but the No. 8 Eagles dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Plainsmen 24-8 to all but clinch the game, and Enid’s worst season since 1997-98, which finished at 2-21, where Enid is now. As the Plainsmen tried to force turnovers and rally in the second half, Eisenhower (17-4) broke presses and rarely missed chances to increase the lead, finishing the night with eight three-pointers.

“We just couldn’t score in the start of the second half,” said Enid head coach Ryan Wilkinson. “We were just stagnant. You give up 24 in a quarter and that’s tough to come back from.”

The loss wraps a regular season that started with 10 consecutive losses and has developed into a frustrating year that can be quickly turned into a surprise success story if the Plainsmen can beat third-ranked Union in the teams’ elimination playoff opener Feb. 28 at Union.

“We’ll just keep doing what we do,” Wilkinson said. “We’ll have to have a night where a couple guys are shooting the ball well offensively.”

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