Cross' triple-double sparks Highlanders
By Scott Loftis
Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo is a veteran coach who has had the luxury of coaching some talented players during his career.
But only twice in his career, Rambo said, has one of his players recorded a triple double. The first time came last season, when then-junior Garrett Cross accomplished the feat in a game against Alpena.
The second time came Tuesday night, when Cross did it again to lead the Highlanders to a 72-53 victory at Deer.
Now a senior, the 6-5 Cross had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Highlanders beat the Antlers for the second time this season.
“He was unbelievable,” Rambo said. “He’s a tremendous basketball player and he went out and made great decisions. He really leads our team.”
Cross made 8 of 11 field-goal attempts, including one three-pointer, and also went 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. His passing helped Eureka Springs shoot 70 percent from the floor as a team, and he committed just one turnover while handling the ball a majority of the time as the Highlanders’ point guard.
“To control a game like that is a special thing,” Rambo said. “One of the things we have talked about is getting the best possible shot for our team, and he really took that to heart. We’ve got the pieces to go around him and he trusts that process.”
Freshman guard Matthew Lester added 18 points for the Highlanders and senior forward Slade Clark added 16. As a team, Eureka Springs made eight three-pointers in 17 attempts, including three by Lester and two by Clark.
“It’s a good win,” Rambo said. “Deer is a tough place to play.”
The Highlanders (6-2) will host Oark on Friday for homecoming.
The Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders dropped a pair of games in the Queens of the Court Tournament at Green Forest, sandwiched around a road loss at Deer.
Eureka Springs lost to Greenland 49-30 on Monday in the Green Forest tournament, then traveled to Deer on Tuesday and lost 56-47. On Wednesday, the Lady Highlanders fell to Bergman by a score of 45-26 in the Green Forest tournament.
Megan Holloway had 16 points and 11 rebounds against Greenland, while Shelby Little added seven points and seven rebounds. Against Deer, Holloway had 16 points and eight rebounds and Little had 13 points and six rebounds.
The Lady Highlanders (3-6) were scheduled to play Omaha on Thursday night at the Green Forest tournament before hosting Oark on Friday night for homecoming.