Highlanders' offense struggles in loss to Marshall

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sometimes the box score tells the entire story; other times it doesn't. The Eureka Springs Highlanders made a trip to Marshall and came away with a 54-33 loss Tuesday night, and in this case the box score does tell the entire story.

The Bobcats shot 8 of 15 from three-point range and four of the five Marshall starters made at least one three. The Highlanders shot 25 percent from the field and Reggie Sanchez, who is averaging 26 points per game, was held to six points.

"I thought we did a fair job of guarding," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. "We talked about that in practice. We have to run guys off the line and contest shots. We didn't do a great job of that, but of those eight shots at least four of them were about four feet behind the line."

Rambo said Marshall's plan was to double-team Sanchez all night, and while he complimented the Bobcats for doing a good job defensively, Rambo said other players will have to step up when this happens.

"They didn't want Reggie to get going," Rambo said. "They doubled him every time he touched the ball and I am kind of surprised we don't see that more often. I mean, when you have a guy on your basketball team that can get 25 to 35 every night you have to do something to prevent it and they did a good job of it. They made other guys step up, and unfortunately the other guys didn't carry the weight."

Rambo said when Sanchez got double-teamed, the Highlanders began forcing too many things and that is something they will work on moving forward.

"We have to get other guys involved," Rambo said. "Other guys are going to have to step up and accept that challenge. I mean as a senior, some of those guys are two- or three-year starters so they have to say 'hey, Reggie isn't going to get his shot tonight, so I've got to do my part, but still play within themselves.' I felt like that was a problem offensively. We understood he was being guarded closely and getting double-teamed, but we forced the issue and tried to do too much instead of letting the offense come to us."

Jacob Holloway had nine points and five rebounds while Mathew McClung had seven points and six rebounds.

The Highlanders host St. Paul on Friday for homecoming. The junior high boys will tip off at 5 p.m. and homecoming festivities will follow that game.

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