By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
It was like the Boston tea party all over again, only this time the Patriots tossed Johnson County overboard preventing them from picking up their third straight conference win. Sullivan East knocked off the Longhorns 68-49 on Tuesday inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium with an impressive performance during the second and third quarters.
The Horns hung tough during the first quarter and held a pair of leads. A basket by Caleb Throop at the three-minute mark allowed them to surge in front 7-6.
Garet Johnson put the Pats back in front with a three-ball but Johnson County would answer in the final half minute.
A nice feed from Cody Bailie to Throop with 28 seconds remaining gave Johnson County its last lead at 11-9. Johnsons trey at the buzzer would give them momentum and a 12-11 advantage.
I felt like we should have been up by at least 10 points in the first quarter, said Johnson County head coach Austin Atwood. We got good shots off their press that we normally make but we couldnt knock them down. I believe it would have been much closer if we had been able to hit some of those open jumpers. I was pleased with the looks we got but the game can get away from you against a team like East if youre not able shoot well from the field.
The Longhorns managed to stay close until the midway mark when East began shooting well and stretched the lead.
Bailies bucket in the paint made it 15-13 but the Horns went ice cold at that point.
The Patriots used a three-ball from Gavin Grubb and five points by Aaron Fyre to quickly build the lead at 25-14.
Frye finished with eight points in the period and Grubb added seven which fueled a 16-2 run.
Johnson County cut into the 31-15 deficit with a long trey by Guzman and Bailies runner but they still trailed at the half 31-20. And Grubb made sure it got worse during the third quarter.
The junior standout point guard dazzled the crowd with a dozen points in the quarter including eight straight at one point. His long trey at the 3:13 mark inflated the margin at 44-23.
Bud Icenhour tried to keep Johnson County in the game with 11 third-quarter points. But Throop would have their only other field goal.
East ended the quarter on a 10-0 run including a driving lay-up by Grubb at the buzzer as the lead just continued to build.
Johnson cut loose for a pair of treys in the fourth quarter. His final one and Grubs runner gave them their largest lead of the game at 66-34 with 3:01 remaining.
Reserves would flood the floor from there.
Guzman and Icenhour scored 13 points apiece for Johnson County. Throop added 11 points and five rebounds.
Johnson and Grubb had 21 and 20 points respectively for the Pats.
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