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Junction City caps tournament with pair of wins

by News-Times Staff | January 1, 2022 at 1:35 p.m.

After a tough loss in the opening round of the Ultimate Ford Basketball Tournament at Mountain Home, Junction City responded with a pair of wins to close out play earlier this week.

The Dragons fell to Mountain Home 53-50 in overtime in their opener.

Ryan Allen had 22 points and Jakourian Key added 10 points for the Dragons, who stormed back from a 9-2 deficit at the end of the first quarter to lead 20-15 at intermission.

The Dragons led 33-22 at the end of the third quarter only to see the Bombers rally to tie the game on a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in regulation to make it 44-all.

But after their initial setback, the Dragons finished the tournament with a flourish.

A day later, the Dragons topped Mountain Home Christian Academy 72-58.

Allen had another big performance, leading four players in double figures with 25 points.

Jamal Johnson had 15 points, while Kamarian Dade added 14 points and Chris Miller finished with 10 points.

Junction City led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter before breaking the game open in the second period to take a 48-25 lead at halftime.

The Dragons led 63-43 at the end of the third quarter before winning by the final margin.

In their final game, the Dragons came from behind to knock off Cave City 59-51.

Allen capped his tournament with his highest scoring performance of the event, finishing with 28 points.

Jamal Johnson was also in double figures for the second straight game, adding 10 points.

The game was tied at 11-all at the end of the first quarter before the Cavemen took a 24-18 lead at halftime.

The Dragons rallied to lead 41-40 at the end of the third quarter before pulling away in the final stanza.

Junction City (10-3) returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Woodlawn for a conference clash.

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