Cloudland falls to Hampton, Johnson County
Matt Laws / (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The ‘Landers dropped its first conference game of the season as the team fell 59-50 to neighboring rival Hampton on Friday, Jan. 18, after opening the week with a 71-69 loss to Johnson County on Monday, Jan. 14.
Against Hampton, Cloudland was unable to keep pace in the final minutes to escape hostile territory with a win. The teams traded shots to open the game as the ‘Landers held a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the teams swapped the lead multiple times before Hampton used a buzzer-beating shot to take a 27-26 lead at the half.
Cloudland jumped ahead in the third quarter with shots from Dylan McClellan, but Hampton went on an 11-0 run to take a 44-39 lead into the final frame. McClellan tied the game twice with three-pointers in the fourth as the second trey tied the game at 49-49 with less than three minutes to play. However, Hampton rebounded to pull away from the ‘Landers to take the victory.
McClellan ended the game with a game-high 15 points, while Zac Potter tallied 11 points. Mason Carnett had nine points. Taylor Whitehead finished with eight points.
On Monday, Cloudland fought hard, but was unable to pick up the win in the closing stages. The Longhorns jumped out to a 16-9 lead in the first quarter, but the ‘Landers used a 7-0 run to tie the game at 16-16 at the end of the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, Logan Russell and McClellan hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Cloudland its first lead of the night, but Johnson County responded to take a 30-27 lead at the half.
The third quarter saw the Longhorns pull away as the team ran out to a 58-43 lead. Potter, however, helped Cloudland rally in the fourth quarter as he scored 20 points in the frame as he pulled the ‘Landers within one point with 1:45 left to play. A three-pointer by Potter with 19 seconds left cut the Cloudland deficit to a one-possession game once again, but Cloudland was unable to get off a last second shot to try to tie the game or knock down a game winner.
Potter had a game-high 28 points, while McClellan finished with 11 points. Whitehead and Russell had nine points apiece.
The ‘Landers traveled to Providence Academy on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and return to action on Thursday, Jan. 24, against South Greene inside Sonny Smith Gymnasium.