Eureka Springs picks up league win at home

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Reggie Sanchez has been cleared to play after having three teeth knocked out in a game last week. (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Eureka Springs defended home court Thursday night with a 58-38 flipping of Magazine at Highlander Arena to improve to 18-6 overall and 7-2 in 4-2A West Conference despite having three starters out of the lineup.

Ryan Sanchez led the Highlanders with 25 points, Jake McClung followed with 15 and Dalton Kesner added nine filling in for Dalton Johnson, who was dismissed from the team last week, along with Trevor Lemme and Will Allee. Johnson, a senior, was second on the team in scoring while Lemme was the leading scorer for three consecutive games last week.

Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said the Highlanders responded well, even playing without Reggie Sanchez, who had three teeth knocked out in a game at Johnson County Westside last Tuesday.

"It was one of those games where we didn't know what we were going to get," Rambo said. "But we started out hot and made our shots. We got a big lead and started walking the ball up the floor and played half-court basketball. Obviously, tension is high right now. It made our kids feel good and made me feel good."

Tension was running high even before the dismissals as the Highlanders had suffered back-to-back league losses.

"We are still leading the conference and taking everybody's best punch," Rambo said. "It was good for the kids to get to exhale a little. When you play every game going down to the wire it's tough on the kids."

Rambo was unsure if Reggie Sanchez would return to action tonight at Hackett. With or without Sanchez, Rambo has slots to fill on the floor.

"We have big shoes to fill right now," Rambo said. "Reggie is day-to-day. We are not sure if we will have him or not. He is cleared to play. If he feels good he will be in there."

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