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Monday, December 13, 2021

Highlands Downs Louisville DeSales

Bluebirds Face County Rival on Monday

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team won its third in a row Saturday.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (4-2 overall) earned a huge win in the Donate Life Classic on Saturday at Louisville St. Xavier.

The Bluebirds downed the Louisville DeSales Colts (2-3), 85-80 for their third consecutive victory. Highlands saw eight score in the victory. The Bluebirds finished 3-0 on the week.

"To go down to Louisville and get a win against a quality opponent, I couldn't be more pleased with how our guys responded and how much we've grown in the last eight days," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "We did a great job. In the second half, we did a great job of making the right choice. We made great choices about when to attack, when to run offense, when to drop it, when to drive, when to shoot. It reflected in our turnovers. I think we maybe had 10. When we don't turn the basketball over, we're going to put some points on the board and we certainly did."

Highlands made 30-of-52 shots for 58 percent including 11-for-22 from three-point range for 50 percent and 14-of-18 free throws for 78 percent. The Bluebirds also recorded 30 rebounds.

Junior guard Will Herald led the way with 24 points and eight rebounds and senior forward Oliver Harris had 22 points and seven rebounds. Senior guards Leyton Read and Zach Barth scored 14 points and eight points respectively. Harris, senior forward Cole Kocher among others do a lot of dirty work near the basket.

"Cole and Ollie do such a great job of playing their roles," Listerman said. "Their underrated in their ball handling and their passing. We run a lot of offense where they're our trigger guys. They did a great job of seeing the open man and hitting the next pass. It was really a thing of beauty. We're starting to get comfortable running our stuff with our guys and they understand where each other is going to be. It clicked."

But the Bluebirds had contributions from a number of players. That includes sophomore guard Cam Giesler.

"Everybody played his role and we started to role," Giesler said. "This the favorite team I've played for. Not one person has to score a lot of points. But everybody knows everyone can shoot so everyone passes the ball around."

DeSales made 27-of-50 shots for 54 percent including 14-of-27 from three-point range for 52 percent and 12-of-15 free throws for 80 percent. The Colts hauled in 17 rebounds.

The Colts placed three in double figures. Senior guard Carter Bischoff scored 30 with senior guard Austin Carr-Cole and sophomore forward William Gibson adding 20 and 10 respectively.

Highlands travels to Campbell County (2-3) on Monday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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