ES struggling to win on road

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Eureka Springs Highlanders haven't enjoyed road games this year. That was the case once again Friday night, as the Highlanders suffered a 51-43 loss at Kingston.

"We just have a hard time playing on the road," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. "We are two different teams. At home we are like 10-2 this year. I don't know how many games we have played on the road this year, but we have lost a majority of our games away from our gymnasium. We have to get that figured out because we have a lot of road games left."

Eureka Springs trailed 14-12 at the end of the first quarter and faced a 26-22 deficit heading into halftime. Rambo said the Highlanders struggled to score all night.

"We went over there and just couldn't score the ball," Rambo said. "It was still a two-possession ballgame at halftime, though."

Eureka Springs trimmed the Yellowjacket lead to 32-31 going into the fourth quarter, but Rambo said the Highlanders never could get the needed basket to get over the hump.

"We only scored 11 points in the fourth quarter on the road and that was the difference," Rambo said. "We didn't make foul shots. We couldn't get the ball inside. They did a good job against us defensively. We just couldn't put the ball in the hole."

What worries Rambo is that executing offensively is what the Highlanders mainly worked on during Thursday's practice after a three-day layoff because of the snow.

"We worked on setting better screens and moving without the basketball and when we got over there it came down to just not making shots," Rambo said. "Defense travels, so you have to make sure offensively you make a few shots and guard on the defensive end."

Eureka Springs' Garrett Cross finished with 14 points and Slade Clark had 10.

Rambo said as the Highlanders get ready to travel to Omaha on Tuesday, they better be more productive offensively. The Eagles only have one loss on the year, but the Highlanders led Omaha in the second half earlier in the year.

"We are going to have to slow the game down," Rambo said. "They are really athletic and so we will use our press to slow the tempo of the game down and hopefully our offense will give us a chance late."

Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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