Mac-LHS split battle
The first city rivalry matchup of the year was a predictably tense affair, complete with fouls, raucous fans and trash-talking abound at Wolverine Gym.
And the fans and players from Lawton High and MacArthur wouldn't have had it any other way.
The fans might have wished for a sweep by their respective team but in the end, it was a split.
The MacArthur boys were able to get an impressive win over Lawton High, 71-62, led by a 26-point performance by point guard Sep Reese. Lawton High won the girls game in a testy contest that featured a combined 44 fouls, pulling away, 44-38.
The teams' contrasting styles of offense Mac's reliance on guard play and Lawton High's penchant for pounding the paint were well-publicized going into the game, and the game played out as expected in that sense.
MacArthur's game plan seemed clear from the start make Ashawnti Hunter and Nate Eggleton uncomfortable and make the Wolverines beat them from the perimeter. By disrupting the passing lanes to the post, the Highlanders disrupted the Wolverines' offensive rhythm. And while many of their 10 first-half turnovers were unforced, the Highlanders grabbed momentum as guards Reese and Ja'Sean Carter combined for 26 of Mac's 37 points when the teams went to halftime with LHS facing an 11-point deficit.
Mac also held the 6-6 Hunter to just six points in the first half. And although Hunter finished the night with 21 points and nine rebounds, Mac coach Marco Gagliardi said his plan worked.