Eureka comeback catches Pirates
Eureka Springs basketball coach Josh Hill didn't talk X's and O's at halftime with his senior boys when they were trailing 13 at halftime to the Greenland Pirates last Friday.
He talked about heart and character.
The Highlanders came to life the second half, scoring 21 points to tie the game at 45 after three periods, and going on to a 60-54 must-have victory if Eureka (11-12, 3-1) was going to stay in the race for No. 1 in the 1AA Conference.
Hill's junior high boys also won, 46-28, keeping them in the lead in the 1AA Conference junior high race at 11-4, 4-0.
EUREKA AT GREENLAND
Friday, Jan. 14
Senior High Boys
9-14, 24-37, 45-45, 60-54
"The first half we couldn't have played worse," Coach Hill said. "And we knew if we lost the game we didn't have any chance to win the conference. I talked to them at the half about pride and character, and they played their butts off the second half."
Senior postman Victor Smith notched 8 of his 14 points in the third quarter, Paul Sebby 6 of his 13, and Jesse Alexander 5 of his 13.
"Jesse came out in the third quarter and gave us a spark," Coach Hill said. "We were down 16 after Greenland hit their first shot and added a free throw, but Jesse got fired up and got the rest of the team fired up."
Eureka put five players in double figures, something Coach Hill said this group has only done "once or twice before. In the second half, our 2-3 zone gave them fits."
Scoring- ES- Smith- 14; Sebby- 13; Alexander- 13; Jordan Parsons- 10; Waylon Wolfinbarger- 10; Travis Lester- 2. GL- McClure- 12; Glenn- 11; Hipps- 10.
Junior High Boys
13-8, 28-14, 35-21, 46-28
"Greenland is pretty athletic with strong kids," Coach Hill said. "We pressed them because we need the game at a fast tempo."
The team was led by David Farber, who scored 11 points. Wes Prado hit two 3-pointers on his way to 9 points, Orrie Sebby had 8, and Rudy Sanchez 7.
"The last few games, David Farber has been coming on," Coach Hill said. "Wes Prado has been consistent, and Rudy Sanchez has stepped up. He's the vocal leader of the team."
Scoring- ES- Farber- 11; Prado- 9, 2 3s; Sebby- 8; Sanchez- 7; Travis McBride- 3; 2's- T.J. Wilkerson, Shane Poulson, Seth McCormick, Taylor Williams. GL- Boone- 12.