PAINTSVILLE - Magoffin County had the tough task of facing three-time defending 15th Region champion Johnson Central on the road in a key regular-season matchup on Tuesday (Jan. 27). Hot-shooting Johnson Central proved to be too much on its home gymfloor as senior forward Kyle Gullett scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Golden Eagles past the Hornets 86-46 in a 57th District boys’ basketball game.
Johnson Central owned an advantage in nearly every category, outrebounding longtime 57th District rival Magoffin County 42- 27.
The homestanding Golden Eagles shot 52.1 percent (37-of-51) from the field. Productive Johnson Central finished 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) from 3-point range.
The Golden Eagles went 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from the free throw line.
Senior guard Dalton Adkins scored 15 points and junior forward Josh Hitchcock tossed in 12 to give balanced Johnson Central players reached double figures in the scoring column.
Two other Johnson Central players finished just outside of double figures as Braxton Blair and Mason Blair netted eight points apiece.
Tyler Pack led Johnson Central around the goal, grabbing a game-high nine rebounds in the district contest.
Johnson Central started to pull away from the Hornets early in the district game.
Magoffin County shot 31.5 percent (17-of-54) from the field. The Hornets finished only 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from 3-point range.
Magoffin County went 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) from the foul line.
Sophomore guard Trenton Russell led the Magoffin County boys’ team with a double-double. Russell scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for the Hornets.
Josh Poe chipped in eight points while Leighton Hensley and Ryan Mullins added six apiece for the visiting Hornets in the setback.
Jacob Isaac and Jaren Lovely rounded out the Magoffin County scoring, finishing with four and two points, respectively.
Mullins ranked as Magoffin County’s second-leading rebounder, pulling down seven rebounds for the Hornets.
Johnson Central completed a regular-season district sweep. When the two teams met in Salyersville on Jan. 2, Johnson Central prevailed 70-58.
Boys’ Basketball Standings
Johnson Central (3-2)
Sheldon Clark (3-2)
Magoffin County (1-4)