By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County left a lasting impression in Blacksburg,Virginia during last week’s basketball summer camp at Virginia Tech. The Longhorns went 6-1 losing in the championship game by nine points after winning six straight games in two days.
They defeated Lord Botetourt High School and Castlewood on Friday then finished off the day with a win over Cades Springs where former Duke University star J.J. Reddick played at.
The opened Saturday up with two wins including a four-point one over Princeton. They closed the event with a nine-point loss in the title game.
“We still have a long way to go and some individual stuff we need to work on with each player,” said boys’ head coach Austin Atwood. “We tried to implement some things up there that we want to do this season unlike in past summer camps. I’ve been pleased with our tempo and we’ve been able to score in bunches. We’re up and down the floor and pressing. We’re not running a lot of set offenses. They’re going to be fun to watch but we’ve got to fix some stuff.”
Atwood took 11 players. They included: Austin Houser, Bud Icenhour, Nathan Arnold, Jordan Edes-King, Blake Atwood, Shaun Lewis, Zack Eller, Troy Arnold, Daniel Cunningham, Iain Tester and Dawson Snyder.
“They all did some good things and had their moments,” added Atwood. “I thought it was a productive camp for all of them.”
The junior varsity squad played at Emory and Henry and was currently 4-2 heading into Sunday.
“They too have played well,” added Atwood. “We have some kids like Gabe Reece, Gavin Reece, Caden Arnold and Weston Throop who can help our varsity but stayed back here to play with them. They all have a chance to help our team. We should have quite a bit of depth this year.”