By Tim Chambers
Johnson County’s inability to stay the course over the final three minutes of the game did them in on Tuesday night inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium. The game was much closer than the final score indicated, but the Cyclones used a pair of treys from Jake Roberts and one from Jordan Haynes to secure the win.The rival game was spirited the whole way with Elizabethton receiving two technical fouls before the game started after Nico Asnley dunked the ball twice in warm-ups, which you can’t do.
The Horns were assessed a couple of technicals near the end that didn’t sit well with their head coach Austin Atwood. “That’s not the way we play under me,” said Atwood, who vowed his team would not pull that stunt again. We’ve got to be a more disciplined team and shoot the ball better. The shot the ball well at the end, and that was the final difference.”
It enabled the Cyclones to build an 18-point cushion in the fourth quarter after Ashley, Roberts, and Parker Hughes converted deuces that pushed the lead up to 16. Roberts ended the night with 11 points, and Hughes, back from a football injury, added 10. Johnson County’s output of three total points scored in the third quarter allowed the Cyclones to blow open what was a closer game early. They outscored the Horns 13-3 in the frame that pretty much turned out the lights for the Horns. Lucas Phillips led the ‘Horns with 13 points in the contest while Darren Cunningham tossed in 11 in a losing cause.