Highlands Middle School boys basketball team puts up fight but lose in overtime

Highlands Middle School boys basketball team could not pull off the win against Rosman and ended up losing in overtime last Thursday with a score of 23-16.

“We were off of our game mentally,” said Highlands Head Coach Ryan Bears. “We just weren’t mentally prepared, and we had so many turnovers and missed shots.”

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Highlands and Rosman were neck and neck for most of the game against Rosman last Thursday. Highlands ended up losing at home in overtime.

Bears added that it was a tough loss for the team but said he’s looking forward to the upcoming season.

“The effort and energy were there, we just need to focus on the execution,” said Bears. “We’re going to work on some things and do better next time.”

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Highlands Conor Thorske stays with his Rosman counterpart to shut down the fast break.

Highlands 6th-grader John Shaheen said he was happy with Highlands’ performance, but the other team was just better that day.

“They’re a hard team to beat,” said Shaheen. “We should have worked the ball better and moved it around more.”

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Highlands JJ Postell fakes left and drives right against Rosmasn last Thursday at home.

8th-grader JJ Postell they had some good chances but Rosman was ready for them.

“We had some guys in foul trouble and we were trying to get inside but their defense was too good,” he said. “We need to work on breaking presses, making our plays, the whole shebang. It’s the beginning of the season so it’s going to get scrappy, but it’s only going to get better.”

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The green shoes floating in midair belong to Highlands Nathan Keener as he makes his way back to Earth.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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