By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
JONESBOROUGH Johnson County should try the Burger King Classic for their next boys basketball tournament. Nothing has gone their way at the Hardees including a 49-40 loss to Volunteer on Friday.
This game was much different from the two losses they suffered at the hands of David Crockett and Science Hill. The Longhorns led 12-3 five minutes into the first quarter and appeared to be headed for a blowout win. Instead they scored only 28 points over the final 27 minutes of play.
Six different players scored during that run with baskets coming from Codie Bailie, Jose Guzman, Austin Houser, Caleb Throop and Bud Icenhour and two free throws by Nathan Arnold. But the Horns closed the frame missing their next five shots that set the tone for the remaining three quarters.
We came out and had them on the ropes, said Johnson Countys head coach Austin Atwood. But we laid down and let them back in the game. We took bad shots and didnt play well defensively. I was very disappointed in everything we did. Its frustrating because we didnt show any signs of toughness.
The Longhorns managed to stay even during the second quarter with the help of six points by Troop. But they could have grabbed a sizeable advantage had they made their shots from point blank range.
They misfired on seven shots in the paint including four lay-ups that would have created them some cushion. Instead they remained tied 26 all at the half.
Johnson Countys shooting woes continued in the second half. They scored only 14 points and appeared out of sync as well.
They got numerous shots in the paint at point blank range but many were faders, runners and off-balanced jumpers. Their 18 percent shooting percentage was four more points than what they scored. And the final few minutes told the whole story.
They got within six at 46-40 and appeared to have gained back the momentum. But a charging call wiped off a basket; then they gave up a three-point play by not getting back on defense.
Bailie and Throop had nine points apiece to pace the Longhorns.
The loss dropped them into the seventh place game against Hampton that was played on Saturday.
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