City boys teams seeking balance
Basketball season is underway for the city boys teams, even though two of the three are still more concerned about another sport.
Lawton High and MacArthur are still focused on football season as each will play for a state title next weekend. That will affect the start to their basketball seasons as each school has some of its hoops players still on the gridiron.
Eisenhower is already at full strength, and looked so in its season-opening 69-35 win over Wichita Falls-Hirschi last Tuesday.
LHS also played well in its first game, beating US Grant, 74-36, on the road Tuesday.
Mac will play its first game Tuesday at No. 2 Carl Albert.
Getting back to state
Ike went 20-6 last year, advancing to the 6A state tournament and losing in the first round to Tulsa Union, 73-56.
The Eagles (preseason No. 3 in the state) will drop to 5A this year and will look to make another run at state despite getting hit hard by graduation last year.
"We lost four good players," Ike head coach Bruce Harrington said. "We lost Dominque Pierre, of course Keyshawn Perkins, Kenneth Mitchell and Robert Chapman as well. They're all actually playing in college."
Ike still has a lot of talent returning, most notably Jamey Woods, Douglas Moore and Bentley Bross, all of which were starters last season.
"We've got some good players back," Harrington said. "Of course, Jamey, Doug, and then Bentley, who started most of the season. Then we've got some good young players. LJ (Robinson) is a senior but he's been in the program and Darius (Roy) really played a lot last year. Romio Harvey is a super active player. We think RJ Fisher (freshman) is going to come up and help. He's really good on the point."