Two area teams punched their tickets to the state tournament on Friday night, while several others saw their dreams dashed over the weekend.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Aggies were one out away from sweeping No. 23 Angelo State on Friday but will have to settle for the split in their first Lone Star Conference doubleheader of the 2021 season.

The High School Bowling Program for the 2020-2021 season ended last weekend with two teams from within our conference advancing to the state finals that was held in Enid.

As it heads to its third consecutive state tournament, MacArthur's boys basketball team learned it won't be facing state power Tulsa Memorial, not in the quarterfinals, at least.

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After clinching a spot at the state tournament behind hot 3-point shooting, the Marlow Outlaws now get ready to face a team that's three days removed from being unbeaten.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Max Abmas poured in 22 points, DeShang Weaver added 18 and fourth-seeded Oral Roberts defeated No. 5 seed North Dakota 76-65 in the Summit League tournament quarterfinals on Sunday night.

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Marco Gagliardi tried to tell anybody who’d listen that the area championship game between his No. 3 MacArthur boys team and No. 16 El Reno was primed to be much closer than the previous two contests.

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LUBBOCK, Texas — In the program’s second ever Lone Star Conference Championship semifinal game, the Aggie women’s basketball team could not pull off the upset of No. 1 Lubbock Christian, falling 84-69.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Snyder fought unbeaten Hydro-Eakly on even terms but foul trouble and some missed shots cost the Cyclones in the extra period as the Bobcats earned a 63-55 overtime victory to reach the Class A boys title game at the State Tournament.

MIDWEST CITY — Over the past two years, the area round had proved to be the MacArthur girls team’s bugaboo. Whether it be bad luck, nerves or just running into teams who outplayed them on a given day, the Highlanders hadn’t been able to get to the state tournament under head coach Otis Gentry.

On Tuesday, the Cameron women’s basketball team won the program’s first Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament game since 2002.

OKLAHOMA CITY — When you talk about small-school basketball, it’s not always about the stars, often the role players may very well be the ones who help determine the outcome.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ryan Hart made six 3-pointers and was one of four Cyril players in double figures as the Pirates dispatched Lomega 74-56 in the Class B quarterfinals on Wednesday morning at Jim Norick Arena at the State Fairgrounds.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Oklahoma City and San Antonio are fighting fatigue and injuries, but the Thunder found a way to win a battle of attrition heading into the All-Star break.

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WACO, Texas (AP) — Jared Butler and No. 3 Baylor certainly seem to be getting their legs back after a three-week stretch when the Bears couldn't play any games games because of COVID-19 issues in the program.

Sometimes you just know the ball is going to find the bucket and fortunately for the Cameron women, that moment came Tuesday evening in the Lone Star Conference Tournament opener against Midwestern State.

While rivalry games between the Lawton high schools are often thought of as contests in basketball and football, it matters any time local rivals play one another, regardless of the sport.

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DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic sat out a victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, sidelined by lower back tightness that coach Rick Carlisle said shouldn't cost him his second All-Star appearance this weekend.

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DALLAS (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis had 19 points and 13 rebounds with European sidekick Luka Doncic sidelined by a back issue going into his second All-Star appearance, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 87-78 on Wednesday night.

Normally when you reach the playoffs, conference tournament or whatever the post-season may offer, it’s not a good idea to discuss regular-season meetings.

One day after winning a regional championship for a third consecutive year, the MacArthur boys basketball team learned it would serve as host for the area round, giving the Highlanders a chance to punch a ticket to the state tournament on its own floor.

As the basketball playoffs continue in Classes 2A-4A, four area schools still have teams competing, three of whom have both the boys and girls teams still vying for state tournament berths this week.

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