By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Austin Atwood will never be known as a Ricochet Rabbit in the basketball coaching profession. His Longhorns dont dodge anyone.
Johnson County will try and tackle two of the areas best team in the Hall of Champions games on Friday and Saturday.
The Horns will play Science Hill on Friday at 8 pm. and David Crockett at the same time on Saturday.
They also have a game with Mitchell County on Saturday prior to their contest with the Pioneers.
Atwood for years has brought many good teams into this event.
Johnson County native Mark Blevins brought his Knox Bearden teams up for several years.
Unakas 2004 state championship team made it a habit playing in the event.
The Rangers and Bearden provided fans a classic contest in 2004 where Bulldogs defeated the Rangers 80-77.
It games like that which make it worthwhile for fans to come out. Unaka sent three players to the NCAA Division 2 level off that squad. Bearden had a trio to go too.
Crocketts Patrick Good is one of the states top players and a sure bet Division 1 signee. Last year the Longhorns defeated them 60-55 just a week prior to the District Tournament.
He scored 18 points in the contest but was held to only two in the first half. The Longhorns will get to know Mr. Good well. They play Crockett again in the first round of the Hardees Classic which begins on Tuesday. Johnson County will battle the Pioneers at 8:30 pm.
We like to play these types of games early in the year, said Atwood. It lets you know where you stack up and it also helps you to get better. We love having Science Hill and Crockett come up and play here. It gives our fans a chance to see some of the areas best basketball teams.
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