By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
BLOOMINGDALEA halftime revival produced a second half herd of spirited Longhorns on Thursday night at Sullivan North. And one of them came out hotter than smoldering charcoal on a summer day to start the third quarter.
Jose Guzman shot Johnson County past the Golden Raiders 59-32 in a must needed road win. It was a 180-degree turnaround from the first half.
The Horns held a 19-12 halftime lead in a game that featured a slow start for both squads. The Golden Raiders got nine first half points by Zack Burns and a lone three from Tyler Arnold.
But Johnson County didnt fare much better. They shot a frigid 25 percent (7-of-28) from the field with Caleb Throops five points being tops.
But all that changed after intermission. Head Coach Austin Atwood gave us the PG version.
I cant say a lot of what we talked about at halftime but we stressed the need to step up and start playing, said Atwood. I directed a lot of it at Jose and our seniors. We didnt show up in the first half offensively but our defense and rebounding kept us in the game.
It was Guzmans red hot shooting that broke it open in the third quarter.
Bud Icenhour began the quarter with a three-ball that put them up by nine. Guzman followed with 14 consecutive points including four trifectas from long range. All of them were triggered by assists from a trio of different players.
I felt good about the shots I took, said Guzman. Coach (Atwood) told me I had better step up at halftime. I got some good looks and my teammates did a great job of finding me. We needed this one with the district tournament coming up.
A pair of Brandon Vannoy baskets upped the ante at 42-16 going into the final quarter. From that point they put it on cruise control.
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