Highlands boys varsity basketball team defends home turf against BREC

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.

Highlands Gig Chalker and BREC Collin Bryson both maintain position waiting for the rebound to drop.

“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 CJ Jennings brings the ball down court under pressure from Highlands Lane Tingen.

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.”

BREC Korbin Walters stays with his mark in Highlands.

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.

Highlands Jeffrey Olvera on a fast break with BREC Jacob Pressler on his heels.

“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.

BREC Kaleb Fugate on a fast break against Highlands.

Highlands Nathan Keener with BREC Carson Druffel at his back.

BREC Jacob Pressler brings the ball down court against Highlands.

Highlands JJ Postell drives to the hoop against BREC.

BREC Carson Druffel under pressure from Highlands Gig Chalker.

BREC Carsen Williams on a fast break against Highlands.

Highlands Lane Tingen gets in the face BREC Carson Druffel midflight.

BREC Collin Bryson shoots a layup with Highlands Gig Chalker going for the block.

BREC Carsen Williams checks out his options against Highlands.

BREC Kaleb Fugate keeps the pressure on Highlands Jeffrey Olvera.

Highlands Brent Sleight makes his way to the basket with BREC CJ Jennings blocking his path.

BREC Jacob Pressler makes his move to the hoop.

Highlands Ethan Tate not making things easy for BREC Carsen Williams.

Highlands Mason Taylor checks out his options against BREC.

BREC Jacob Pressler shoots a jump shot with Highlands Gig Chalker in his face.

BREC CJ Jennings keeps the pressure on Highlands Jeffrey Olvera.

BREC Collin Bryson in the thick of it making his way to the hoop.

Highlands Jeffrey Olvera takes flight to grab a high pass.

Highlands James Earp waits for his opening to put up a shot.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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