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ET Boys Basketball: Longview rallies to beat John Tyler

By Hayden Henry
Jan. 5, 2018 at 9:58 p.m.

Longview was looking for a spark after three dud quarters Friday night against John Tyler.

Phillip Washington provided that offensively and Jaylin Brown spearheaded a defense that mounted a Lobo comeback.

Washington dropped all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter and Brown did a little bit of everything as Longview escaped Lobo Coliseum with a 46-39 win over John Tyler in District 11-6A action.

Longview improves to a 16-4 on the season and 2-1 in league play. John Tyler, meanwhile, drops to 0-3 in 11-6A.

"That was a rough deal for about three-and-a-half quarters and we just kind of found a way," Longview head coach Don Newton said. "I thought Jaylin, when we had to start pressing down seven or eight, he really brought a lot of energy on the front end."

Brown finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks for the Lobos, who trailed 21-16 at halftime. Washington had four rebounds and two assists and Malik Henry had nine points seven rebounds and an assist.

Jason Bush finished with four points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block for Longview, which held the advantage on the boards, 33-23.

The Lobos shot 16-of-28 from the free-throw line. John Tyler went 5-of-8.

John Tyler had five plays record at least six points, led by an 11-point night from Decorian Jessie.

Longview jumped to a 5-0 lead early before John Tyler tied things up at 5-all and 7-all. From there the Lions maintained the lead, building it to a game-high 11 points with 3:20 left in the third quarter off a Lobo turnover.

Longview finished with 15 turnovers, five coming off John Tyler steals in the third quarter.

A bucket from Brown made it a nine-point John Tyler lead entering the fourth.

Henry took a dish from Brown, who followed with two free throws before Washington pulled the Lobos to within one, 35-34, with 4:18 left.

Ninety seconds later, Washington's second trey put the Lobos ahead, 38-36, for the second lead change of the night. Washington then finished 5-of-6 from the line the rest of the way, lifting Longview to a sloppy win on the home court.

"I'm pleased with the grit that we showed," Newton said. "We didn't turn on each other after getting down 11.

"It was ugly but we've just got to keep working."

Longview visits Rockwall-Heath on Tuesday. The Hawks moved to 3-0 in 11-6A elsewhere on Friday night.

(Follow Hayden Henry on Twitter: @hayden_h)



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