By Matt Hill

The JCHS Boys Basketball Team spent a few days in paradise and played some good basketball in the process.
Playing in a tournament in Hilton Head, S.C., the Longhorns finished fourth heading into a conference showdown with Elizabethton on Friday.
The Longhorns defeated Hardeeville, S.C. 57-36, then lost to the Q Foundation 66-49 and to Altoona, Ga. 60-44
“We played pretty well and were in all three games,” JCHS head coach Austin Atwood said. “It was a very talented team. It was a different style than what we were used to playing.”
Against Hardeeville, the Longhorns looked strong as they took advantage of sloppy, undisciplined play and Jason Steele and Mikey Freeman dominated in the post with double-digit rebounding games.
Steele scored 17 points while Freeman had 13 and Jimmy Arnold finished with 11.
“They were kind of undisciplined, very athletic, but we rebounded very well and frustrated them,” Atwood said. “We had a very good three minutes in the third quarter and that was the difference.”
In the Q Foundation game, the Longhorns played a team they’re not used to seeing.
“They’re really just a basketball factory,” Atwood said. “They bring in kids who are having trouble in regular school that are very good basketball players who junior colleges want to look at, kind of like a Patterson or Laurinburg Institute. They were also undisciplined but very talented. It was a good experience for us.”
Steele led the way with 16, with Arnold netting 10 and Eric Cullop scoring eight.
Altoona was a tough team that the Longhorns played in the third-place game and JCHS did play well against a very athletic team.
“They were probably the second-best team there,” Atwood said. “The best team was North Cobb, Ga., and they played each other in the semifinals. It was a great game like watching two college teams play, but we had it cut to eight in the fourth quarter, just couldn’t get any closer. We were down 19 and cut it to eight, but with our team it’s hard to come from behind.
Steele led JCHS with 22.
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