JC’s Zack Parsons scores over Elizabethton’s Nick Wilson (54) with a little jump hook in the paint. Parsons had 10 points and eight rebounds, but the Horns lost 67-43 to the Cyclones. Photo by Joey Icenhour
By Tim Chambers
ELIZABETHTON—The faces have changed since last year’s marquee game between Elizabethton and Johnson County, but the spirited rivalry is still there. The Cyclones blew the game open in the second and third quarters and gained a rather easy 67-43 win over the Longhorns on Friday night inside of Tread way Gymnasium.
It appeared as if the Longhorns might play the favored Cyclones close after the first quarter. They trailed 12-10 after the first stanza but were outscored 25-9 in the second frame and went into halftime with the Cyclones leading 37-19.
The turning point came during a two-minute-span when Elizabethton’s Jake Roberts swished five treys that pushed the lead up to 20. The Cyclones ended the quarter hitting 7-of-8 treys that allowed them to break open a close contest. The Cyclones would end the game with nine treys has Johnson County was held to only four.
Roberts led the Cyclones 21 points while Nico Ashley added 19 that included a thunderous dunk during the second quarter. Parker Hughes controlled the boards with 14 rebounds and scored eight points for the Cyclones.
Michael Oxentine led the Longhorns in scoring with 11 points while Zack Parsons came off the bench to tally 10 points and leg eight rebounds.
Elizabethton’s depth played a huge factor as head coach Lucas Honeycutt was able to go deep down the bench, and his team never missed a beat. The Longhorns will play three home games this week, including conference ones with Sullivan East on Tuesday and Unicoi County on Friday.
JCHS 10 9 11 13 – 43
EH 12 26 19 10 -67