Sanchez gets 41 for Highlanders

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs Highlanders have depended on their defense for a majority of the season, but sometimes to win, you must forget about what led you to previous victories. That was the case when the Eureka Springs Highlanders got a home win against the Shiloh Christian Saints, 87-77 Thursday evening.

The Saints and Highlanders were tied at 49 at halftime and Eureka Springs' Reggie Sanchez finished with 41 points.

"That was a lot of fun," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. "I think our kids enjoyed it and our fans enjoyed it. I am just glad we came out on the winning end of it because there for a while, I thought they were going to bury us."

Early on, it appeared as though the Saints were going to put the game away, as Shiloh Christian made six three-pointers in the first quarter to take a 25-17 lead. The Highlander offense got going in the second quarter, though, as Sanchez scored 13 second-quarter points and J.M Gregg had 10 to tie the game at 49 heading into halftime.

"I just told my kids at halftime that we needed to rely on our conditioning," Rambo said. "I thought we were in better shape than them and they would get tired and not make as many shots. They made about six threes in the first two minutes and they only made three in the second half and that was the difference."

Thirteen third-quarter points from Sanchez gave the Highlanders a 74-62 lead entering the final quarter. The Highlanders went 10 of 13 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to seal the victory; Sanchez made 8 of those 10. Rambo said while Sanchez's 41-point performance was impressive, it wouldn't have been possible without his teammates.

"It's that supporting cast with Reggie that is the difference," Rambo said. "Obviously teams are going to be keying on Reggie and you have to have guys around him. Reggie is a great player, don't get me wrong, but a finger can't pick up a pebble; you gotta have five."

Jacob Holloway finished with 19 points while Gregg had 13 and Dylan Harbour had seven.

On Tuesday, the Highlanders travel to Magazine. Junior high action starts at 5 p.m.

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