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Hampton hammers Horns

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Not even the “Silverstreak Express” could have run away from Johnson County like Hampton did on Monday. Behind the red hot shooting of Coby Jones, the Longhorns got derailed 61-41 before a capacity crowd inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium.
The junior two-sport standout dazzled fans with a 29-point output. He was 11-of-13 from the field including 6-of-7 from behind the three-point arch. He didn’t miss a shot in the fourth quarter scoring 15 of his team’s 21 total.
“My teammates did a good job of drawing the defense and were able to kick it out to me,” said Jones. “Luckily I was able to knock down some open shots. They all did a good job of finding me.”
It was totally the opposite for Johnson County because they couldn’t buy a basket.
They missed four layups in the first quarter and five one-and-one’s for the half. Still they managed to keep Hampton within their sights despite their shooting woes.
They hit just 2-of-12 field goals in the first period and were 4-for-22 (18%) in the half. That also carried over to the foul line where they converted on only 2-of-10.
Johnson County’s head coach, Austin Atwood, pointed to that as the deciding factor.
“We missed five front ends of a one-plus-one and four layups in the paint that we normally make,” said Atwood. “If we connect on those we’re up and it’s a different ball game. We just didn’t shoot it well. We had shot great during our last three or four practices but not tonight. It happens a lot. We just couldn’t overcome it.”
Hampton wasn’t much better but did get a pair of three’s from Jones and Cheyenne Camillo.
They led 20-10 at the half.
Johnson County made a surge to get back in the game during the third quarter.
Jose Guzman caught fire and drained a trio of treys. A three-point play by Cody Bailie pulled them within a half dozen at 32-26 with 1:44 remaining.
But the Dogs closed the quarter on a 6-0 run getting a three-ball each from Jones and Camillo. The Longhorns trailed 38-26 heading into the fourth.
It got much worse from that point.
Jones took over and scored on five of Hampton’s first six possessions in the fourth. His three-ball with 6:00 remaining pushed their advantage at 49-33.
He added five more in less that a two-minute span that put them up by 20.
“We played well in the first quarter but lulled a bit during the second one,” said Hampton’s head coach Ned Smith. “I thought we moved the ball well during the fourth quarter and found the open man. Coby had the hot hand and our kids did a good job of getting it to him. I thought rebounding was a key factor to. We didn’t allow them to get very many second and third shots. That’s something we’ve been lacking in past games.”
Stanley Valentine collected nine boards while Camillo, Jones and Nathan Norris added eight each. The Dogs were plus 16 in the rebounding department.

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