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MacArthur’s Isaih Ervin, right, shoots in front of Altus head coach Ricky Bull on Friday night. Mac won, 79-50.MacArthur’s Paj Jackson drives around an Altus defender. Jackson, a senior, scored 15 points and pulled in 15 rebounds, but Mac fell in overtime, 53-51.

Highlanders split pair with Bulldogs

“I thought what got us going more than anything was Trace picked up six or seven steals and we got it in transition. A lot of times those easy baskets are created by something else and he was active on the back end. He did a great job.” KEVIN HARRINGTON

MacArthur boys had the added pressure of not letting Altus sweep their Senior Night on Friday and they responded by running Altus out of the gym, 79-50. Altus spoiled half of Mac's Senior Night as the girls scored with five seconds left in overtime, 53-51.

Now the Highlanders turn their attention to the playoffs. The boys host their regional and play Chickasha on Friday 8 p.m. The girls play Altus at 6:30 p.m. in the El Reno regional on Thursday.

Girls lose heartbreaker
With 2:30 left in overtime, Mac and Altus girls were tied at 51. The Class 5A No. 12 Highlanders (12-10) had possession of the ball and were content to run as much time off the clock as possible and play for a final shot.

It was all going according to plan until with 14 seconds left when Altus' Mariah Watson stole the ball from a MacArthur player and went the length of the floor and made a 3-foot shot with five seconds left. Paj Jackson's prayer from 60 feet wasn't close and Altus (6-13) walked out of the gym victorious.

"They weren't coming out and I was just trying to get the last shot," Mac head coach Danny Garza said. "I didn't think we were in the flow of the game all night, so I was just trying to run the clock down and try to run a play or get a foul. The ball got tipped. The difference in the game was our defense. We just didn't play good defense tonight."

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