Highlanders defeat Mountainburg despite lackluster shooting
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs Highlanders defeated visiting Mountainburg 59-41 Tuesday night, but Highlanders Coach Brian Rambo said his team came out flat and didn't shoot well.
"We got open look after open look after open look, and couldn't put it in the hole," Rambo said. "It was kind of frustrating."
Jacob Holloway and the Highlanders made it look easy for most of the first quarter. Behind Holloway's eight points, Eureka Springs led 15-8. The Highlanders were never able to put the Dragons away in the second quarter however, as the Dragons cut the lead to 25-19.
"We made four (three-pointers) the entire night, but when we had so many open looks, it was sad we couldn't make them pay for it to end the game," Rambo said.
After Eureka Springs led by six at halftime, Reggie Sanchez and Trevor Lemme took control of the game by scoring 16 of the Highlanders' 21 points in the third quarter. The Dragons were held to six points in the quarter as Eureka extended its lead to 46-25.
Although the Highlanders won by 18, Rambo said there aren't many positives to take away from the win.
"It's good that we didn't play well, but still had a chance to win the game," Rambo said. "That says a lot about our basketball team."
Sanchez scored 17 points and Lemme added 13. Holloway had 12 and Dalton Kesner scored six. Oscar Mendez and Lucas Vazquez each scored four and Avery Walker scored three.
Eureka Springs travels to Union Christian Friday night. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.