ES back on track with win at St. Paul

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Eureka Springs Highlanders got back to their winning ways on Tuesday, as they got a 51-34 victory at St. Paul. Carter Drennon had 19 points, eight blocks and seven assists, while Garrett Cross had 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

"Those guys were in the zone," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. "Seeing Garrett get that close to a triple double was pretty awesome. And if those eight blocks from Carter aren't a school record, they have to be close because that's a lot of blocks for a high school basketball game."

Eureka Springs led 12-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Saints didnít make a shot from the floor in the quarter.

"Our defense really came to play," Rambo said. "It was good that we were able to come out and put them away early."

Eureka Springs led 27-11 at halftime. Cross had 10 points in the half, while Brandon Ray and Slade Clark each made a three-pointer.

Tuesday's game against St. Paul was the first conference game of the year for Eureka Springs (7-4, 1-0 2A-4 West) and Rambo hopes Tuesday's performance is a sign of promising things to come.

"It was a good way to start conference play, that's for sure," Rambo said. "It gives us something to build on and hopefully we can do just that."

Eureka Springs led 39-24 going into the fourth quarter and Drennon scored 10 points in the final quarter to help the Highlanders get the victory.

On Friday, Eureka Springs hosts an undefeated Omaha team and Rambo knows that the Highlanders will have to come ready to play.

"They are a good basketball team and we are going to have to bring our A game if we want to beat them," Rambo said. "It will be a good test for us, but we will be ready."

Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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