HAMMOND | Highland coach Eddie Fierek took a page out of New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin's strategy on how to beat an undefeated team -- make smart decisions, execute -- and be patient with the ball.
Upstart Highland used all three of those points to perfection to oust Times No. 1 Noll from the undefeated ranks in a shocking 57-44 non-conference win Friday night.
Noll (15-1) started cold from the field, shooting an icy 5-for-15 in the first half.
"We really just worked on our offense this week," Fierek said. "We wanted to be meticulous and eat some clock. The kids executed well and all the credit goes to them."
Highland was a little better, shooting 46 percent from the field, but no team could really generate any offense in the first 16 minutes.
The third quarter was more of the same until Highland was able to hit three of its last four of the frame.
Highland (11-6) carried that momentum into the fourth and exploded for 30 points on a ridiculous 9-of-12 from the field, which included a game-changing 10-0 run in the middle of the quarter.
Highland forward Brandon Reyes led all scorers with 14, while Jordan Minch and Tyler Ryzewski both chipped in 11.
"It's a big win and we have a lot to be proud of at Highland," said Fierek, whose team has won four straight. "We have to come back and get ready for Clark."
It was just a frustrating night for the host Warriors, as they wound up shooting just 35 percent from the field in their lowest scoring output of the season.
Noll coach Drew Trost still thinks that this loss might be a friend to his team.
"We were brought back down to Earth," he said. "Maybe this will help because last year being undefeated didn't help us. This could be a turning point, but we have to make it into one."