By Tim Chambers
KINGSPORT—The boys’ basketball team needed a pick-me-up on Saturday and they got one by winning the Three Rivers Conference Junior Varsity basketball tournament. The Longhorns picked up two victories in “Bounty” like fashion, defeating Happy Valley 59-55 and Sullivan East 55-48.
Johnson Co. 55
Sullivan East 48
The Longhorns opened up the championship game in style by knocking down some big shots from the outside. Dawson Snyder and Blake Atwood widened their one-point cushion after sinking treys.
Snyder finished with seven points while Atwood added five clutch ones.
The Longhorns led 14-7 after one.
Snyder continued to light it up in the second quarter, scoring nine more points. His two buckets and one by Arnold enabled the Horns to build a 31-20 advantage.
“Sullivan East and Happy Valley are really good teams,” said JV coach Trent Snyder. “Anytime they made a run our defense would step up and make a crucial stop or two during the game. I’m really happy with the win, but I’m really happy about the way we defended.”
Cory Chapman and Hunter Standbridge helped close the deficit early in the third quarter with a trio of baskets but theHorns were quick to respond.
Snyder drained a pair of treys and Atwood buried a three-bagger. The Horns led 46-36 heading into the final quarter.
The Pats’ would mount one final surge, but two buckets by Zack Eller prevented that from happening.
Snyder scored a game high 20 points for JCHS. Atwood finished with 18 and Eller accounted for 11.
Chapman had 10 points to lead the ‘Pats in scoring.
Johnson County 59
Happy Valley 55
This game was close the entire way with neither team able to pull away from one another.
The Horns had their inside-outside game working with Dawson Snyder and Troy Arnold leading the way. Snyder knocked down 13 points in the half including a three-ball from the corner. Arnold countered with 11 points, helping them build a 31-20 halftime deficit.
Happy Valley kept chipping away at the lead and got it down to five behind two baskets apiece from Isaiah Rhodes and Bryce Carter.
Carter finished with 20 points and 11 boards. Rhodes added 19 points and nine rebounds.
“We wanted to play in the championship but it wasn’t meant to be,” said Rhodes. “Johnson County is a very good team with lots of players who could score. Anytime we got close they would hit a shot or two. We never could get the lead.”
Rhodes was correct in his assessment. They did the same thing to East in the first game.
It all reverted back to the defense that Coach Snyder talked about earlier.
“I thought players like Gavin Reece, Gabe Reece and Lane Isaacs played well defensively,” added Snyder. “They didn’t score a lot of points but they sure did play well defensively. Snyder, Atwood, Arnold and Eller all played well. I thought that Phillips gave us some good minutes.”
Arnold led the Longhorns with 21 points. Snyder provided 18 and Lucas Phillips collected 10.
The team was award the first place plaque before departing home.