Highlanders put it all together against Union Christian

Friday, December 16, 2016

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Having played five games in six days last week, it would have been ideal for the Eureka Springs Highlanders to have a few days off. Instead, they returned to action on Monday hosting Union Christian Academy. Fatigue didn't seem to affect the Highlanders however, as Eureka Springs defeated the Eagles, 62-34.

"It was not only good to win, but play well and win," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. "I felt like we played a complete game. Four quarters finally."

Union Christian Academy did all it could to slow down the Highlanders, and it worked for the first six minutes of the game, as the Highlanders trailed 8-3. J.M. Gregg went on to hit two three-pointers as the quarter came to a close, giving the Highlanders a 9-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Eureka Springs opened the second quarter on a 7-2 run. Carter Drennon's six second quarter points helped extend the halftime lead to 24-15.

"The came out and played about five possessions of man-to man," Rambo said. "When they did, we got Carter the ball at the high post and he was able to find shooters, get the ball in spots and get a few buckets."

Avery Walker made two three-pointers in the third quarter, as did Garrett Cross as the Highlanders' lead ballooned to 47-23.

"It was the same deal there in the third quarter," Rambo said. "Carter got the ball at the high post and was able to look low, throw the ball opposite and get the ball to Avery Walker. I think he had about three or four of Avery's assists. I think they were afraid to guard J.M. You have to pick your poison. If you come out and pressure us and we set a good screen, it will be a layup or a couple free throws for J.M. Or if you play an extended 2-3 zone and we do a good job of playing inside out, it will be a long night. It was a perfect storm for us tonight, and defensively we did great holding them to 34 points."

Gregg finished the game with 17 points, while Walker had 13 and Cross had 11.

The Highlanders travel to Kingston on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Union Christian Academy 46, Eureka Springs 24

Teddy bears were thrown on the floor for the Angel Tree program in Eureka Springs during the first quarter after Azziah Brothers made the first basket of the game for the Lady Highlanders. That was about the only highlight of the night for Eureka Springs.

The Lady Highlanders trailed 16-4 going into the second quarter, but Brothers and Makayla Morrell each made three-pointers in the second quarter. The Lady Eagles led 25-10 at halftime. Morrell made another three-pointer in the third quarter, but the Lady Highlanders trailed 36-13 going into the fourth quarter. Aurora Fields made a basket in the fourth quarter.

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