By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
BLUFF CITYIt doesnt take a crystal ball to see that the future appears bright for Johnson County boys basketball. The Longhorns continued their stellar play by knocking off Sullivan East 69-62 inside the Dyer Dome.
It was quite a performance by the Longhorns against a very talented Patriots squad. A strong first quarter would set the tone.
Blake Atwood had the hot hand, scoring nine points including a trey. Iain Tester worked the inside for a pair of deuces.
The Pats stayed close behind with six points from Trey Lowe and a three-ball from Mason Johnson, but some other Longhorns stepped up to help them maintain their lead.
Gavin Reece had a long trey while Zack Eller and Mason Stanley converted deuces. Johnson County led 20-15 after one.
We played pretty well in the first two quarters, said Johnson Countys freshman head coach Trent Snyder. Our effort was outstanding in the final quarter when the game was on the line. I thought we shared the ball well and played good as a team. East has a very good squad.
The Longhorns were able to maintain their advantage in the second quarter.
Much of that was due to Troy Arnolds six points and four rebounds in the paint. Two trifectas provided by Atwood and Reece would also help the cause.
Two free throws by Eller and a basket on the inside from Tester helped stave off a 5-0 East run at one stage in the quarter. Nine points by Lowe and five more by Johnson allowed the Patriots to stay close but they still trailed 38-32 at the half.
The Longhorns ran into trouble in the third quarter because they were unable to shut down the Patriots offense. Lowe had eight points and Gabe Vorhees added seven.
Arnold tried to keep Johnson County in the game by scoring eight of their 11 points but they fell behind 52-49 going into the final frame.
Just like a championship squad, the Longhorns got down and dirty on both sides of the basketball during the fourth quarter.
That led to them outscoring the Pats 20-10, including a 10-1 run at one stretch after the five minute mark.
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