Eureka boys travel to Hartford, defeat Saints

Friday, February 17, 2012
Eureka's Nick Bower lays in a floater over the Hackett defense during a recent game at Highlander Gym.

The Eureka Springs Highlanders defeated the Union Christian Saints on Wednesday night, 60-31, in Hartford at the 4 West-2A Conference Tournament.

"We really took advantage of our strength and size," head coach Nolan Helder said. "We did a good job in the paint."

The Highlanders closed out the first half with an eight point led over the Saints.

"This was just one of those games where we felt like we had it all night long, but we just couldn't put them away for good until the fourth quarter," Helder added.

Once again, smart execution and a hard-nosed defensive attack led to the win.

"Our defense really stepped up in the fourth," Helder said.

The Highlanders used substitions throughout the game, something the Saints weren't able to counter.

"I really think they just wore down," Helder added. "We rotated guys in and I think they just got fatigued."

The Highlanders outscored the Saints 21-5 in the fourth quarter.

Nick Bower had the bounce back game the Highalnders needed as he finished with 24 points.

Fellow senior Briar Sebby had another big game, as he tallied 13, but it was his defense that impressed the coach.

"He really played great defense for us," Helder said. "He, Roy (McGehee) and Dillon Reddick all played great defense. It was good to see."

The Highlanders won a berth in the regional tournament in Magazine next week.

More details to come in Tuesday's newspaper.

Helder added he is pleased with how the team bounced back with the pivotal win.

"We played a real solid game, a game we really needed," he said. "I'm proud of the boys.

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