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After Highland clawed their way back from a double-digit deficit against Pekin, the Huskies couldn’t keep pace and lost 69-58 to the Panthers.
In the last minute of the third quarter Zack Lasek hit two long jumpers to cut the score to 52-49 at the end of the quarter.
“I thought we had a push there through the third quarter to cut the gap a little bit and we played some better rotational defense,” Highland coach Marcus Hall said.
Highland had held Pekin to just 12 third quarter points, but ended up allowing 25 in the fourth quarter.
A big part of that was Brody Burton fouling out in the early stages of the fourth quarter, taking away a big defensive presence for the Huskies.
“I thought they did a good job inside, especially with Brody (Burton) having fouls,” Hall said.
With Burton fouled out and Lasek with four fouls, Pekin continually got the ball inside on possessions before passing out to wide-open 3-point shooters.
Brothers Zack Lasek and Trey Lasek combined for 18 of the Huskies’ 28 second-half points with just four Highland players scoring in the second half. Mason McFarland finished the game with 15 points, continuing his much improved sophomore campaign.
Overall with the offense, Hall said he feels like the team is still discovering itself and has room to grow.
“We’re still kind of searching for ourselves on offense and a lot of that is me. We have to coach the offense better,” he said.
The loss puts Highland at losses in four straight games.
Pekin: 18; 22; 12; 17; 69
Highland: 14; 16; 19; 9; 58
Lasek goes off against Mepo
Zack Lasek’s 30 points and a big fourth quarter from the Huskies gave them a 63-54 win over Mediapolis.
Lasek was 8-14 from the field and got to the line 14 times on the game and sank 11 of those free throws.
Brody Burton had a nice night in the post as well scoring eight points and grabbing a team-high five rebounds.
Trey Lasek dished out a team-high seven assists.
Highland: 19; 12; 12; 20; 63
Mediapolis: 7; 15; 22; 10; 54