MONTEREY — A big advantage on the boards, a pass-first mindset, and a three-headed scoring attack.
It all added up to a big Pioneer District win for the Highland boys Tuesday night.
Colton Williams had a huge 16-point, 16-rebound game, Jacob Phillips scored 16 points and grabbed six boards, Ethan Moore had 15 points and Eli Moore hauled in 10 rebounds, leading the Rams to a 63-42 victory over Eastern Montgomery.
Highland, which lost to the Mustangs on the road in December, jumped to a 35-25 halftime lead and stretched the margin to 16, 49-33, after three quarters.
“The boys played a good game,” said HHS coach Thomas Moore. “We hit the offensive and defensive boards hard the entire game. The guys did a good job looking for each other.”
Talan Bruce led Eastern Montgomery with 18 points and Grayson Caldwell added 13.
Highland had a game scheduled for last Friday at Paw Paw, W.Va. postponed.
The Rams, now 2-7 in the Pioneer and 5-7 overall, host Parry McCluer tonight and are at home on Saturday afternoon against Paw Paw.
Eastern Montgomery (42): Talan Bruce 18, Jon Pinedo 0, Grayson Caldwell 13, Cam Sutphin 2, Cyrus Underwood 3, Matthew Betz 0, Hunter Howard 2, Braylon Mello 0, Xavier Brown 2, Gunner Lawson 2
Highland (63): Eli Moore 6, Zach Armstrong 0, Patton Hull 2, Elijah Good 0, Colton Williams 16, Ethan Moore 15, Michael Campbell 4, Dewey Moyers 0, Jacob Phillips 16, John Wagner 4
Halftime score: Highland 35, Eastern Montgomery 25
Three-point goals: Eastern Montgomery 7 (Bruce 4, Caldwell 3); Highland 4 (Phillips 2, Et. Moore, Campbell)