By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson Countys offense sputtered a bit but the defense was full throttle on Tuesday night inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium. The young Longhorns held Cloudland to 31 points in their 53-31 victory.
The visitors shot a cool 20 percent in the first half hitting 5-of-25 from the field. Had it not been for a trio of treys by Jonah Woods the deficit could have been much more than Johnson Countys 31-14 advantage.
We buckled down defensively and played outstanding in the first half, said head coach Austin Atwood. Bud (Icenhour) and Jose (Guzman) did a great job of pressuring the ball and forcing turnovers. That was the spark weve been needing which got us going on offense. We still had some lapses on that end but overall our defense was excellent.
The Horns used two treys by Icenhour and one from Guzman to open up an early 9-3 advantage.
Baskets by Cody Bailie and Nathan Arnold upped the ante to double-digits at 13-3.
Their eight-point cushion after one would begin to increase in the second period.
Guzman drained a three-ball followed by five points from Chase Phillips.
Johnson County got a three-ball by Guzman and another one from Arnold at the buzzer to go up by 17 at the intermission.
It didnt get any better for Cloudland during the third quarter.
Deuces from Austin Houser, Phillips and Guzman extended their lead to 41-20. By then the rout was on.
Guzman led the Longhorns with 17 points. Phillips and Icenhour added nine apiece.
The Longhorns (10-9) got an outstanding performance by Houser who grabbed a game high 11 rebounds. Atwood liked the play of his talented sophomore.
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