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December 22, 2016 Defense keeps Huskies unbeaten
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RIVERSIDE - Bill Burton scored 11 points in the third quarter as Highland pulled away from Pekin for a 64-49 win on Tuesday night.

Burton made eight of 12 shots for the Huskies, who made 59 percent of their shots as a team. Burton also had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Highland led by as many as 11 in the second quarter, but went into the halftime break with just a 31-28 lead.

“We talked about how in the first four minutes of the game, we sat down on defense and created turnovers as a team,” Burton said. “In the last four minutes, we were more individual, trying to get it ourselves, which got us out of position and let them back in the game a little bit.”

The Huskies picked up the intensity on the defensive end early in the third quarter, leading to some easy points in transition. Burton scored the first eight points of the third quarter, giving the Huskies a 39-30 advantage.

“I think a lot of our offensive success anytime is predicated on playing good defense,” Highland coach Marcus Hall said. “Then we went to a continuity pick and roll and we have some veteran ball players and some versatile bigs so we were able to work them down a little bit and then get to the rim.”

Zach Lasek scored all nine of his points in the second half, after dealing with foul trouble early in the game. Lasek led the Huskies with nine rebounds. Highland outrebounded Pekin by a margin of 39-21.

Trent Lasek had nine points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Chase Rath made all three of his field goal attempts, finishing with eight points and four assists. Trey Lasek had seven points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Huskies finished with 19 assists on 26 field goals. Highland had a lot of players involved in the offense early as Burton, Rath, Bryce Clark, and Spencer Arnold each had at least four points while the Huskies built an early 25-15 lead. The Panthers finished the half with a 13-6 run.

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