By Tim Chambers
The Morton’s salt slogan “when it rains it pours” was the perfect analysis for Friday’s semifinal game between Hampton and Johnson County in tournament play. The Dogs rained on JCMS’ championship hopes with an impressive 50-26 win on the Bulldogs’ home court.
The Longhorns had won the previous game by a lopsided margin but that was not the case on this night.
The game was a nip-and-tuck affair throughout the first half with neither team able to grab a lead larger than three points.
Hampton led 11-10 after the first quarter and 21-19 at the half.
From that point the separation began.
Hampton’s Connor Jones got things started with a deuce and Josh Owens converted a bucket in the paint. The Bulldogs held Johnson County to only two points in the quarter and led 30-21 going into the final frame.
The Longhorns’ offense continued to struggle in the fourth quarter. Mason Bragg’s three-ball ended a nine-minute drought that led to Hampton building up a sizeable 21-point advantage.
Nate Wilson opened up the final stanza with a runner, then followed that up with a three-point play that pushed their lead to 36-21.
Garrett Vines added a trio of free throws and a long trey. Isaiah McCoury contributed a pair of treys that added the finishing touches.
Clayton Cross scored 10 first half points that helped the Horns stay in the game but didn’t tally over the final two quarters.
The Longhorns scored only seven second-half points and five of those came in the final minute.
Trevor Gentry and Clay Stanley added four points each for the Horns. Stacy Greer ended the night with eight rebounds.
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