Highlands boys varsity basketball team defeats BREC on Senior Night

Highlands boys varsity basketball team took on Blue Ridge Early College at home on Friday and won 71-41.

“I thought our boys did great,” said Highlands Coach Brett Lamb. “We had a slow start but got our defense going and pulled away from them.”

Highlands Gig Chalker grabs a rebound and puts it back up for 2.

BREC Coach Josh Holden said it was a tough loss.

“We wanted to come out fast, which we did,” said Holden. “Our team has been limited on height, but we’ve tried to make up for it with speed. It worked for the first half. But I think we started running out of gas early in the second.”

Holden was at the reins for the Bobcats filling in for Coach Cristian Mireles who couldn’t make it to Friday’s game, and said it was a great season and thanked BREC’s coaching staff and the community supporting the team.

“My guys played some of the best ball I’ve seen them play in a while,” said Holden. “We may not have won on the scoreboard, but these guys have grown this season as a team, and we’ve got lots to work on before next year. It’s going to be a plus that all players will be returning except for senior Colton Taylor.”

BREC Colton Taylor is the last man standing wrestling for the ball against Highlands.

Highlands celebrated Senior Night and recognized its senior basketball players and cheerleaders before the game. Lamb is losing four from his varsity squad including Dillon Schmitt, Bill Miller, Taj Roman, and Patrick Woods. Lamb hopes the hours they spent working on the court will help them later in life.

“They have meant so much to our program on and off the court,” said Lamb. “They are a huge part of our community and school. We wish them the very best with whatever path they choose after high school.”

Highlands Dillon Schmitt drives to the basket on Friday against BREC.

Schmitt said they had a slow first half against BREC, but once they made some adjustments things turned around.

“In the first half, their drives to the basket were tough, but we figured that out and shut that down,” said Schmitt. “We came out wanting to play, we played our game, and we won.”

BREC Collin Bryson shoots the 3 pointer on Friday against Highlands.

Schmitt added he’s looking forward to golf coming up next, but will miss his time in the gym.

“Playing with all my friends, being able to call Coach Lamb my coach, I’m going to miss all of that,” he said. “Especially in the locker room after a big win.”

Highlands Taj Roman drives along the baseline to lay it up.

CJ Jennings on fast break against Highlands.

Highlands Bill Miller grabs a rebound and waits for things to cool down before moving the ball.

BREC Kaleb Fugate shoots a long 2 pointer on Friday.

BREC Jacob Pressler sets the play in motion against Highlands.

Highlands Collin Stoltzfus snags a rebound against BREC.

BREC Carsen Williams drives against Highlands Bill Miller.

Highlands Lane Tingen sets up on D against BREC Colton Taylor on Friday.

Highlands Reid Carrier drives to the basket scoring 2 and drawing a foul.

Many in the crowd wore red in support of Jackson Hall who recently passed away.

Highlands Jeffrey Olvera drives to the hoop with BREC CJ Jennings in his face.

Froim left are Highlands Connor Briggs, BREC Carson Druffel, and Highlands Logan Petrone waiting for the foul shot.

Highlands Coach Brett Lamb and Brent Sleight both concur, it’s time to run the thumbs up.

Highlands Coach Brett Lamb said everyone contributed to the win against BREC.

Teams from the Macon County Rec Youth Basketball league were recognized during halftime. From left are the Eagles, Hurricanes, and the Eagles.

Highlands Boys Varsity Basketball Team Seniors:

Bill Miller

Taj Roman

Dillon Schmitt

Patrick Woods

To see all Highlands senior athletes click HERE.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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