LHS, Mac split tense decisions
After disappointing finishes in their tournaments last weekend, Lawton High and MacArthur resumed the regular season against each other at Lawton High.
Mac boys got up by double digits and withstood a late LHS rally to win, 61-56. LHS girls did what the boys couldn't and completed a wild second-half comeback to win, 50-48.
Thanks to their infamous half-court trap, the Highlanders caused so much havoc during the second and third quarters that they held a 46-36 lead going into the fourth.
Then, finally, the run came for LHS.
The Class 6A No. 19 Wolverines (10-8) finally broke the trap by getting the ball to the high post and kicking it to the corner for two wide-open 3-pointers by Dakari Moss to cut the lead to four with 6:30 left.
Two buckets by Jariun Nolan put Class 5A No. 6 Mac (9-5) up by eight with 4:29 left. Freshman Eysan Wiley was tasked with battling Nolan, who has been on a tear since being declared eligible, in the paint. After Nolan's two buckets, it was time for Wiley to make his presence known. He scored two putbacks that sandwiched a Dallas Sealy bucket to make the score 52-50 with 2:50 left in the game.
Sealey converted an old-fashioned three-point play to again cut the lead to one (54-53) with 1:52 left.
That's when MacArthur star guard Trace Cook took over. Cook made two floaters, a free throw and took a charge all in 77-second span of the game to give Mac a 59-53 lead and sealed the win. Cook finished with 15 points, five assists and four steals.
"Trace has been such a good shooter for so long that people are starting to chase him off the 3-point line, so he's developed a good mid-range game and he's showed several times this year," MacArthur head coach Kevin Harrington said.
By the time Sealey hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, LHS knew its fate: another tough loss in a game it could've won.
"We're our own worst enemy right now. We could win these games, but we just get away from the game plan," LHS head coach Eric Wiley said. "Hopefully we can fix it soon."
The first quarter was just as exciting as the final one. The lead changed hands four times in the early going, but LHS took advantage of several MacArthur miscues to open up a 15-7 lead behind a barrage from Moss and Darreyl Patterson.