Magazine gives ES 2nd consecutive loss

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Eureka Springs Highlanders suffered a second consecutive loss on Tuesday, losing at Magazine, 51-46. Coach Brian Rambo said that was one of the better Magazine teams he had seen in quite sometime.

“We couldn’t guard them,” Rambo said. “They have one of the best teams in the last 10 or so years. And we knew that going in, but we had a hard time getting stops. They rebounded the ball like crazy. We couldn’t box them out. They have a kid who is about 6-4 and he can jump out of the gymnasium. He got a technical foul for hanging onto the rim. As a group, for the first time all year, I would say we were outmatched athletically.”

Despite being outmatched, Eureka Springs played with the Rattlers throughout the night. Magazine led 15-13 at the end of the first quarter and took a 26-25 lead into halftime. Eureka Springs’ Carter Drennon had 11 points in the first half. Garrett Cross played a full game for the Highlanders after being hampered with an injury last week against Deer.

“Garrett was at about 90 percent and we were without Kayden Eckman,” Rambo said. “He is our seventh guy and won’t play until after Thanksgiving. We were a little undermanned, but that wasn’t the difference in the game.”

Eureka Springs led by as much as four points in the third quarter, but the Rattlers led 34-32 going into the fourth quarter.

“We were up by four points even in the fourth quarter at one time I think,” Rambo said. “We just couldn’t hang on. We made too many mistakes and had careless turnovers. That is so uncharacteristic of our basketball team. We just weren’t taking care of the basketball and trying to do too much at times. It really comes down to trust.”

Drennon finished the game with 22 points for Eureka Springs, while Cross had 11 and Slade Clark scored seven.

The Highlanders only have one game left before Thanksgiving break and that game is on Friday at Berryville. Rambo said it would be a great momentum booster for Eureka Springs to get that win.

“We kind of did this last year,” Rambo said. “We weren’t playing so well and then beat Berryville and Green Forest back-to-back. Then we beat Omaha and Alpena, so you kind of hope that thing happens. We are going to have to play extremely well, though. Berryville is really good this year. They can really score the basketball. They have a lot of size and some length. We will have to play well, but it would be huge for our basketball team to go into the break on a winning note. We really need that, but it’s all about how our kids respond, regroup and how we practice the next two days.”

Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday in Berryville.

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