By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County was hoping to defend its home court but Hampton took it over by storm. The Bulldogs looked impressive in their 43-30 win over the Longhorns.
The game was a tight-fisted affair throughout the first half with both teams having strong quarters.
Johnson County got two treys from Dylan Simcox and four points by Will Henson that helped them build a 12-7 first quarter advantage.
Hampton would return the favor during the second quarter.
Mitchell Tolley came off the bench and provided a hot hand by scoring five including a trey. Matt Hughes added four points and three offensive rebounds.
Hampton took a 19-18 halftime advantage but the game remained close during the third.
The Bulldogs used four points by Jordan Bentley and two apiece from Matt Hughes and Garrett Vines to extend their lead at 28-20 early in the third.
Lucas Phillips got Johnson County back in the game with a seven-point outburst late in the frame. The Longhorns trailed 31-27 heading into the final six minutes. And that would prove to be a nightmare.
Four free throws by Henson would be the only points they could muster. The Bulldogs sank seven charity tosses in addition to getting baskets by Parker Hughes and Jonah Jones.
I thought we played hard and I thought we played well for three quarters, said JCMS head coach Devin Shaw. But we didnt have our legs in the fourth. Hampton did a good job of establishing the tempo. We had to play from behind all night long.
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