Mac, Eisenhower teams get sweeps
Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:59pm Staff
The MacArthur boys survived a scrappy Altus team in the opening round of the Shortgrass Tournament to headline city action on a day that saw both the Eisenhower girls and boys win, while the Mac girls upended Enid to advance at the Bruce Gray Invitational in Edmond.
Mac boys survive Altus in OT
At the beginning of Mac's game against Altus in the Clester Harrington Shortgrass Tournament the Highlanders hoped to impress everyone in attendance.
By the end of the back and forth overtime affair, MacArthur just hoped to win.
They did that.
The Highlanders got 29 points and 13 rebounds from Jariun Nolan and 18 more from Trent Maisel to push past Altus 93-82.
"When you play Altus at Altus you know you're going to be in for a dog fight," Mac assistant Brandon Kephart. "That's exactly what we got tonight. We feel very fortunate to win."
Leading by 12 at half, 41-29, MacArthur allowed Altus to creep back into the game and ultimately allowed Altus one possession at the end of the game to forge a tie.
The Bulldogs took the opportunity, and after their first shot missed, a tip-in as the horn sounded sent the game to the extra period tied at 77.
"As tough as it was to give the lead up there at the end, other guys could've gotten down," Kephart said. "But we didn't and we were really proud of our guys for that."
The Highlanders outscored Altus 16-5 in overtime and got a big boost from Isaiah Ervin. Ervin grabbed two rebounds and forced two steals that led to Highlander buckets. Maisel added a 3-pointer in overtime.
"We really committed to playing good defense for the first time in the game in overtime," the coach said. "But take nothing away from Altus, they're a solid team and played well."