PRESTONSBURG — Johnson Central picked up a big 78-68 win over 14th Region Perry Central Thursday night in the opening night of the Hi-Tech Signs/Graphics Holiday Classic at Prestonsburg.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 23-9 lead over the Commodores at the end of the first quarter of play. Perry Central fought back to cut the lead to 32-24 at the halftime break.
Johnson Central used a big third quarter to take charge and never look back. The Golden Eagles outscored Perry Central 30-16 in the third quarter. The Golden Eagles held a 62-40 lead entering the final stanza of play.
Cory VanHoose led the way for Johnson Central with a team-high 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists and five steals. Isaiah May followed with 21 points, five rebounds, a block and a steal. John King also reached double figures scoring with 11 points, three rebounds and two steals. Jacob Rice added eight points, a game-high 10 assists and four rebounds. Gabe Ferrell added six points, six rebounds, a block and a steal. Brett Caudill and Braxton Bentley each chipped in two points in the win.
Cameron Turner led the way for the Commodores with a game-high 34 points; he knocked down seven of his 11 three-point shots. Noah Caudill followed with a double-double; he scored 17 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, blocked four shots, had two steals and dished out two assists. Noah Back also reached double figures scoring with 10 points, he added five assists, two steals and a block. Dylan Chaney, Cameron Fugate and Jayden Neace each added two points. Micah Steele added a point in the loss.
Johnson Central outscored Perry Central 26-23 in fast break points. The Golden Eagles scored 17 points off of 15 Perry Central turnovers. The Golden Eagles outscored Perry Central 46-26 in the paint as well.
The Golden Eagles shot 47 percent from the field in the game, but only committed eight turnovers.
Johnson Central (4-1) is scheduled to take on Pike Central at 3:00 p.m. today in the Hi-Tech Signs/Graphix Holiday Classic. The Golden Eagles are scheduled to travel to Bath County to compete in the Dan Swartz Classic next Thursday through Saturday.