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JCMS Longhorns rally past Unaka Rangers 45-41

By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports editor
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BLUFF CITY— The Cardiac Kids were at it again on Friday night in the third place game of the Bluff City Middle School tournament. They knocked off Unaka 45-41 in overtime after beating Mary Hughes on Nathan Lane’s shot with 05 seconds remaining the night before.
It was practically Déjà-Vu all over in this one.
Lane’s steal and layup with 05 seconds remaining tied the game at 39 and sent it into overtime. Troy Arnold canned a jumper that put the Longhorns in front to stay in the overtime period. Weston Throop added two free throws and Jordan Joiner and Lane provided one a piece to seal the win for head coach Lisa Arnold’s cagers.
“Our kids were simply worn out,” said Arnold. “We just never could get going. We were down 11 to start the fourth quarter but our kids wouldn’t quit. We started pressing and got some layups and took over the tempo of the game. I’m proud of these boys for the way they played over here. I believe it has made us a better basketball team.”
The score was tied at 8-8 after the first quarter but Johnson County hit a cold spell in the second. They were outscored 13-5 and fell behind 21-13 at the half.
The Rangers kept pouring it on in the third quarter and managed to take a 37-26 lead into the fourth. But this time another Longhorn would elevate his game another couple of notches.
Gavin Reece began sizzling the nets from behind the three-point line. His 11 points, including three treys allowed Johnson County to pull within two after an 11-2 run.
Lane’s layup would send it into overtime.
Reece banged in five treys en route to his game high 17 points. Arnold added 11 points and six rebounds. Weston Throop had 10 points and six boards. Lane and Joiner collected five steals apiece.

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