Highlanders avenge loss to Arkansas Arts Academy

Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Eureka Springs Highlanders didnít have to wait too long to avenge their most recent loss.

The Highlanders erased a four-point deficit in the fourth quarter and defeated Arkansas Arts Academy 63-54 Monday night at Highlander Arena. The victory came just three days after Arkansas Arts beat Eureka Springs 60-56 on Friday, Jan. 22, on the Diamondsí home court in Rogers.

In Mondayís rematch, the two teams were tied at 43 after the third quarter. Arkansas Arts took a four-point lead with a transition layup that made it 54-50 with 4:04 remaining. From there, however, Eureka Springs outscored the Diamonds 13-0 the rest of the way.

The Highlanders cut Arkansas Artsí lead to one when Kegley Ertel converted a three-point play with 3:19 left after senior Weston Armer saved an errant pass from going out of bounds. Eureka Springs took the lead for good on a putback by sophomore Shane Holloway that made it 55-54 with 2:41 to play.

Holloway led Eureka Springs with 19 points. Junior Matthew Lester added 14 while junior Braden Gerth and Ertel scored 11 points apiece. Ertel scored all of his points in the second half.

In the loss to the Diamonds last Friday, Eureka Springs trailed by nine points at halftime and at the end of the third quarter before falling behind by double digits in the fourth quarter.

Eureka Springs, which scored 29 points in the fourth quarter, cut Arkansas Artsí lead to two points late in the game but could get no closer.

Gerth scored 15 points for Eureka Springs while Lester and Ertel added 14 points each.

The Highlanders will play at Alpena on Thursday and host Life Way Christian Academy on Friday. Tuesday nightís home game against Cotter was postponed.

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