By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County was heading down the homestretch in a tight race with Hampton when all of a sudden they ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs outscored the Longhorns 19-10 in the final stanza and earned a 54-38 win.
The Longhorns trailed by a slim 28-26 margin with 3:22 remaining in the third quarter. But a three-point play by Jordan Bentley triggered a 12-0 run that allowed the Bulldogs to blow the game wide open.
Give Hampton credit for they played well, said Johnson County head coach Devin Shaw. I felt like we got tired as the game went on. This was our third game in five days and we looked sluggish for the most part. We got down 9-1 and fought back like crazy to take the lead in the third quarter. We simply ran out of gas.
Jordan Bentley got the Dogs off to a great start by scoring the first five points in the game. He was the recipient of nice no-look pass by Izak Hill on one basket. Hill provided three steals during the opening span.
A long three-ball by Jared Kimble was Johnson Countys only field goal in the quarter. They trailed 9-4 after one.
The Longhorns turned up its defense during the second quarter and got back in the game.
Lucas Phillips and Hill swapped baskets to start the quarter before Johnson County went on a 5-0 run. Conner Simcox got it started with a three-ball followed by a runner from Darren Cunningham.
They trailed by one at halftime thanks to Cunninghams jumper in the final .21 seconds.
Johnson County rallied to take a 21-18 lead in the third quarter on a pair of deuces by Phillips and Cunningham. But the wheels fell off the wagon from that point.
Bentley tacked on another three-point play while Parker Hughes drove the lane for two baskets. A basket by Matt Hughes and Bentleys second three-point play gave Hampton a 35-28 lead to start the fourth.
We were hoping to get a stop or two to start the fourth but instead we gave up two easy baskets, said Shaw. We never could get anything going from there.
Rock Croys three-ball and baskets by Matt and Parker Hughes pushed Hampton lead up to a bakers dozen at 43-30 with 4:54 left in the game.
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