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JCHS Boys win one; lose two during last week’s action

If you had told JCHS head boys basketball coach Austin Atwood that he would give up only 48 points Friday night, he would have taken it.
The only problem was the Longhorns only scored 40 themselves.
On a night where shots weren’t falling, the Longhorns had a very lackluster second half effort and as a result fell 48-40 to Sullivan East at Shoun Gym.
No Longhorn was in double figures and JCHS was outscored 18-8 in the third quarter and that propelled East to their second-straight come from behind victory over the Longhorns this season.
The Longhorns didn’t look like a cohesive unit in the second half and it was noted by a very frustrated Atwood.
“We made some selfish mistakes,” he said. “Sammy Hampton has really been playing for us, but tonight he played like he has the last four games. Sammy has been bringing the guy who shows up that has a lot of competitiveness in him and a lot of ego in him, which are both positive things. He brings a lot of energy to the floor on both ends and that guy didn’t show up tonight. The last four games until tonight he brought the guy who put himself back in the starting five and made the coaching staff believe he brought a lot to the table. We need the Sammy Hampton that is going to help us win games, because night in and night out we’re going to be the less-talented team.”
Before Cody Brown left the game with a concussion, his leadership skills really came out in the open and he ran an outstanding game from the point.
Brown has become a great leader for this team and has made his coach very proud.
He’s got a few things to work on, but he is making strides in the right direction and he continued that tonight,” Atwood said. “Taking a year off last year, he’s just starting to play where he started out this year. He’s getting there and we have to have everybody follow suit.
“Chase Kleine is making strides in the right direction, Quinton Wright is making strides in the right direction, Dusty Stout is the most solid guy we’ve got, Andy Stout is making strides and learning how to defend, Jason Dugger is heading in the right direction as much as anybody. And I put a little on Jason Steele too because he is too good of a player not to go out and make our other guys better. It’s not our guys responsibility to make him better because he’s good. Jason Steele is going to make the rest of our guys better the rest of the season. Jason has to be a leader. He has to be the one guy who knows he’s got to do everything he can on both ends of the floor. I’m asking Jason to become the guy who makes everyone on our team better.”
JCHS Scoring: Sammy Hampton 6, Jason Steele 9, Chase Kleine 8, Cody Brown 5, Dusty Stout 7, Quinton Wright 3, Jason Dugger 2.
Thursday’s Game
Tri-Cities Christian 54
The Longhorns earned their first win in over a month Thursday against an over-matched Eagles Team.
The Longhorns raced on to a big early lead and when Chase Kleine hit a jumper in the second quarter, JCHS led 30-11 and never looked back
JCHS won its first game over a Tennessee school and the fifth overall.
“We came out with great energy and played really hard,” Atwood said. “It was good to get a win.”
Last Tuesday’s Game
Unicoi County 70
Going up against the top team in the Three Rivers Conference, the Longhorns didn’t back down.
JCHS started slow, but then played toe-to-toe with the Blue Devils at Shoun Gym last week.
The Longhorns fell behind by double digits in the first half, but rallied within nine at 39-30 at halftime.
The JCHS defense did a great job in the second half containing All-NET player Logan Lyle and the Blue Devils were in a battle in the second half.
The ‘Horns used a combined 39-point effort from senior duo Jason Steele and Sammy Hampton to get the ‘Horns back in it.
JCHS was only behind 55-53 after the third quarter.
Steele’s bucket midway through the fourth put the Longhorns within four at 64-60, but down the stretch the experience of Unicoi County being at the top showed and they pulled away.
The Blue Devils scored six of the last eight points to win by eight.
It was an effort that Atwood was very proud of.
“We didn’t handle the pressure very well,” Atwood said. “But overall it was a step in the right direction. We believe we’re heading in the right direction.”
JCHS Scoring: Sammy Hampton 13, Jason Steele 26, Chase Kleine 8, Cody Brown 4, Dusty Stout 8, Jason Dugger 3.
Upcoming Games
Tuesday: at Sullivan North, Thursday: vs. Cloudland, Friday: vs Elizabethton (Homecoming), next Monday at Hampton