By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
John Wayne figured out How the West was won – something Johnson County couldnt do against Sullivan East. The Longhorns dropped a 71-53 contest to the Patriots on Thursday night inside a Ray Shoun Gymnasium in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.
The Longhorns (5-3, 0-1) took a 7-6 lead in the first quarter on a three-ball by Jose Guzman at the 3:02 mark. But East went on an 8-0 run to go up 15-7 after one.
We had two or three bad stretches in the game that cost us dearly, said Austin Atwood, Johnson Countys head coach. We cut the lead back down a couple of times and went up again, but we just had a couple of stretches in the game where we let it get away.
The costly stretch took place in the third quarter after Johnson County had played a solid second.
Chase Phillips scored five points to trigger an 8-0 run that tied the game at 15-15. His three-ball with 1:22 remaining put Johnson County on top 25-24.
East closed the half on a 6-2 run to go up 30-27 at the break. They started pullling away in the third.
The Patriots (9-2, 1-1) came out sizzling outscoring Johnson County 11-7 over the first five minutes to take a 41-34 advantage.
Hunter Owens had the hot hand, scoring 11 points in the quarter. East held a 10-point advantage heading into the fourth.
Were tickled to death to get a road win in our conference, said Pats head coach John Dyer. All 12 guys contributed in this win. It was a great effort by our entire team.
The Longhorns were their own worst enemy.
They began the fourth quarter misfiring on a couple of shots from close range, then added a pair of botched layups allowing East to mount another run.
Fatigue might have been a part of it because we missed a lot of shots we usually make, added Atwood. But youve got to credit Coach Dyer and his defense because they play under control and pressure the ball for four quarters.
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