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Cyclones withstand rallying Horns 30-27

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Like Tom Thumb, Johnson County came up a little short while trying to knocking off T.A. Dugger for the second time this season. The Junior Cyclones held off a furious late rally by the Longhorns to prevail 30-27 on Saturday in the 7th grade basketball tournament played at Hampton Elementary.
The Longhorns had rallied from 10 points down in the third quarter to pull even at 27-27 with 51 seconds remaining in the game.
But two free throws by Brayden Phillips and one from William Willocks would prove to be the game winners for TAD.
“The bottom line is we missed too many layups and free throws,” said JCMS’ head coach Devin Shaw. “We had beaten them once and had a great opportunity to do it again but we dug ourselves too big a hole. Our kids played hard and you can’t fault their efforts. We just couldn’t hit easy shots. They played pretty well other than that.”
Ian Norris scored five points in the first quarter including a trey to stake the Longhorns to a 5-4 lead after one. The second frame wouldn’t be as kind.
Clayton Cross and Trevor Gentry were the only ‘Horns to hit a field goal as they missed four layups allowing TAD to double the score.
The Cyclones outscored them 14-4 to take an 18-9 lead at the intermission.
It didn’t take long for the Longhorns to battle back and make it a game.
Two baskets by Ryan Morefield and one each by Ethan Norris and Clayton Cross sparked an 8-0 to get them within one.
They appeared to have tied the game heading into the fourth quarter but were whistled for a foul on a 60-foot shot attempt at the buzzer.
Bryson Rollins hit 2-of-3 which gave the Cyclones a 25-23 lead heading into the fourth.
The Longhorns rallied to take a 27-25 lead on a basket by Morefield with 2:37 remaining. The Cyclones would tie the game on a putback by Willocks at the 1:33 mark.

But the Horns would be their own worst enemy.

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