Highlanders’ Cross puts up triple-double against Deer
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 on Nov. 6, 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 nine shots from the floor, including a three-pointer, and 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.
On Friday, Nov. 9, Eureka Springs defeated Oark 62-21 on homecoming night. Cross scored a game-high 20 points for the Highlanders. Senior guard Branden Horinek added 16 and senior forward Slade Clark had 10. Eureka Springs led 48-14 at halftime.
The Highlanders defeated St. Paul 60-26 at home on Tuesday night. They will host Pea Ridge on Thursday before visiting Berryville on Friday for the Bobcats’ opening game of the season.
Eureka Springs has been playing without 6-4 senior forward Carter Drennon, the Highlanders’ top interior player. Rambo had hoped Drennon would return in time for the Berryville game but said Monday that he might be out a bit longer.