Highlanders get big road win

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Eureka Springs Highlander basketball fans can be thankful that their basketball team is back on the winning track. The Highlanders got an impressive road victory Tuesday night, defeating West Fork 75-64 in overtime.

With the game tied at 58, Eureka Springs' Reggie Sanchez drove the lane for two and had a chance to complete the three-point play, but missed the free throw. A West Fork player made a shot on the opposite end to tie the game at 60 and send the game to overtime.

"I was real proud of my kids in that overtime period," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. "They won the tip, missed their shot. We held it on our first possession, probably 45 seconds, got two quality shots. Ended up outscoring them 15-4 in overtime."

Rambo is proud of the way his team performed throughout the game.

"West Fork is a tough place to play," Rambo said. "I am proud of my kids for going up there and grinding out a win."

The Highlanders and Tigers were tied at 14 after one quarter, but West Fork edged out to a 34-28 lead at halftime. One reason for this was because of West Fork's post player, who had 21 first-half points.

"We played man-to-man in the first half," Rambo said. "But then we switched to zone. We just told Jacob (Holloway) not to leave him and he only scored three points for the rest of the game."

The Tigers guarded J.M. Gregg and Sanchez man-to-man throughout the entire game, much like Marshall did to Sanchez when Eureka Springs lost its first game of the year. Rambo said his team responded much better this time.

"Other guys stepped up," Rambo said. "It was a good team win and timing-wise, it was good, too. It should give the guys some confidence heading into the break."

Despite the extra defensive attention, Sanchez scored 27 points and Gregg had 21. On Tuesday, the Highlanders will start the first round of the Decatur Tournament.

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