Highlands boys varsity basketball team hosted Blue Ridge Early College last month and won 66-60.
Highlands Coach Brett Lamb said the Highlanders played well.
“Blue Ridge made it difficult by shooting well from the 3-point line,” said Lamb. “It kept the game close. They really play hard and we had to match their intensity. Always a good game with us and BR.”
Highlands Gig Chalker put up 23 points and Jeffrey Olvera scored 19, both career highs. Highlands Collin Stoltzfus had 8 rebounds.
BREC Coach Elijah Reece said he thinks the Bobcats played well overall.
“They ran the things I wanted, and we had probably our best shooting night of the season so far,” said Reece. “We have a team full of quick athletes, but not many pure shooters. So, for them to shoot the way they did especially against our rival felt good. Our game plan was to really push the pace and get a lot of shots up, and we did a decent job of that. The guys also did a good job putting pressure on Brent Sleight. We held him to single digits scoring which was good for how much of an impact he can make on a game.”
Last year, Highlands defeated BREC by over 30 points, twice. This year, the Bobcats won the first match up of the season and trailed by less than 10 points throughout the second game.
“I’m proud of the jump the guys have made this year and I can honestly say they’ve gotten better every practice and game,” said Reece. “They’ve bought in to what Coach [Tim] Mayse and I say and they’re really working together as a team right now. Coach and I both think they still haven’t reached what they’re capable of this year, but we are hopeful they will continue to work hard and put this loss behind them.”
The girls did not play because BREC’s team was quarantined.