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By David Sharp
Highland overcame an early 13 point deficit with a strong second quarter. The Cougars held off a red hot Bobcat finish, claiming a 72-69 victory in varsity boys play at Highland. Alex Meyer poured in a game high 32 Cougar points.
Highland improved to 5-3 on the season. The Bobcats took advantage of first quarter Highland turnovers. Brayden Heidecker completed a three point play for a 15-2 lead with 3:40 showing on the first quarter clock.
Highland began a full court pressure defense. The Cougars trimmed the Bobcat lead to 15-12. Alex Meyer sank a three ball for a 19-15 Bowling Green lead at the first break.
The home team forged a 32-31 Halftime lead. Alex Meyer sank a pair of three balls around the four minute mark of the second quarter for a 40- 37 Cougar lead. Meyer scored his 30th point of the night, sinking three free throws for a 55-47 Highland lead at the three quarter pole.
The Cougars led by as many as ten points in the fourth period. Bowling Green heated up from the perimeter. Robert Goehl sank a couple of free throws for a 64-60 lead with 2:44 to play in the game.
Drew Mallett hit a pair of field goals, the second off an Alex Meyer steal for a 71-64 edge with a minute to play in the game. Bowling Green sank a three at the buzzer for the 72-69 final score.
“You have to have resiliency,” Highland head coach Brock Butler said. “We didn’t come out with much urgency to play basketball. Especially my boys. They came out flat.”
Brock Butler filled in for girls coach Ashton Jaco who missed the contest due to illness. “Bowling Green plays basketball the right way. It helped having (Alex) Meyer. The kid was on fire tonight. It was a good night.”
Alex Meyer led all scorers with 32 points. Drew Mallett scored 17 points. Cameron Bringer tossed in 12 points. Robert Goehl scored 12 points. Seth Evans added two points.
Highland guard Brandon Holder missed the game due to injury. Gunner Bryant led Bowling Green with 25 points. Brayden Heidecker was next with 17 Bobcat points.