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South Johnston boys finish strong to top West Johnston

West Johnston’s Daniel Stephenson (42) finds it tuff to move against South Johnston’s Landen Lockamy, left, and Kolby Wood, right, during Monday’s game.
West Johnston’s Daniel Stephenson (42) finds it tuff to move against South Johnston’s Landen Lockamy, left, and Kolby Wood, right, during Monday’s game. newsobserver.com

West Johnston and South Johnston traded runs in the second half Monday night. South Johnston had the one that mattered, the last one.

Ahead 28-14 early in the third quarter, South Johnston saw its lead disappear as West Johnston put together a 14-0 run. The Trojans responded in the fourth period with an 11-2 burst of their own to go up 47-38 with 3:53 and held off West Johnston for a 52-42 nonconference victory.

“We had a little stretch of bad basketball after we got that (28-14) lead,” South Johnston coach David Dewey said. “We really came back well. I was happy with that because we are rusty.”

South Johnston’s winning run was punctuated by J.K. Hines, who scored eight of the 11 points. Hines hit two 3-pointers in the run, converting a 4-point play when he was fouled while making a 3 and then sank the free throw.

Hines finished with 14 points, making four 3-pointers Kolby Wood scored a game-high 15 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the first period.

“When you tell your team these are the guys we want shooting 3s, there is a reason for that,” Dewey said of Hines and Wood. “They put the work in to get their percentages up. … When you shoot 200 or 300 of them a day that helps.”

JaVonte Smith added 13 points for the Trojans (1-1).

West Johnston (0-2) was led by Cameron Meyers with 13 points.

“South Johnston hit some big shots and they crashed the boards really hard,” West Johnston coach Scotty Williams said. “They deserve a lot of credit.”

South Johnston led 12-4 after one quarter, getting 3-pointers on its last two possessions to close out strong. The Trojans were up at halftime by a 25-13 margin.

Turning point

South Johnston, up by 14 in the third period, but in a tie game to start the final quarter, put together an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter to go ahead 47-38 and went on to the victory.

They said it

“That was nice for the kids (to get their first win),” South Johnston coach David Dewey said. “We just want them to keep playing together, playing tough. We played hard.

“We made a lot of mistakes, but we played hard.”

Three who mattered

Kolby Wood, South Johnston: The Trojans’ left-hander hit three first-quarter 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 15 points.

J.K. Hines, South Johnston: The key player in an 11-2 fourth-quarter run for the Trojans, Hines had 14 points – 12 of those coming on 3-pointers.

Cameron Meyers, West Johnston: The senior guard drove hard to the basket all night and finished with a team-high 13 points.

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