Highlanders beat GF with ease

Friday, January 12, 2018
Eureka Springs' Brandon Ray goes up for a layup as Green Forest's Carter Boggs (40) and Clayton Smith look on.
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Most coaches would be more than happy with a 72-48 win. Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo had hoped for more in Thursday night's home win over Green Forest, though.

"We gave up 19 points in a quarter," Rambo said. "I know we haven't given up 19 points in a quarter this year. I can't tell you the last time that we have given up 19 points in a quarter. You are talking about an 80-point pace. We are giving up 38 points a game and we do that?"

The Highlanders gave up those 19 points in the third quarter after leading 39-17 at halftime. Eureka Springs still held a 53-36 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Highlanders gave up eight three-pointers Thursday night.

"One of the things that they do at the collegiate level, that we don't do a good job of is our guys don't get embarrassed by watching themselves," Rambo said. "At the college level, if you allow a guy to shoot a rhythm three, you turn around and say ‘man, I'm sorry. I've got to do better than that.’ We did that for a stretch, but then we got away from it."

Green Forest got out to a 6-0 lead, but the Highlanders stormed back to take a 14-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Eureka Springs outscored Green Forest 25-6 in the second quarter and led 39-17 going into halftime. Garrett Cross had 21 points in the first half.

"Garrett outscored them 15-6 on his own in the second quarter," Rambo said. "That's just reacting, getting some run-outs, not settling for jump shots, getting to the rim. He was special tonight."

Cross finished the game with 29 points, while Brandon Ray had 10 and Slade Clark had six. Green Forest's Clayton Smith scored 18 points and Hayden Bailey scored 11.

Green Forest 44, Eureka Springs 13

The Green Forest Lady Tigers got a 31-point victory on Thursday and it could have been a much larger margin.

"We missed a billion layups and 10 free throws," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "We guarded and played hard, it just looks worse when you don't make shots."

Green Forest (6-12) led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter and held an 18-10 lead at halftime. Ashley Farrar had 12 points in the first half and finished with 25.

"She had it going, especially in transition," Farrar said. "She just couldn't make one from the outside, and I know that was frustrating for her."

Green Forest led 28-13 at the end of the third quarter and the Lady Tigers held Eureka Springs scoreless in the fourth quarter.

"We have started to play pretty good defensively. We just have to put both phases of the game together," Farrar said. "That's what we have to work on."

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