The Altavista boys’ basketball team traveled to Daleville on Saturday, Dec. 18 to play in the inaugural Bob Johnson Classic. They defeated John Battle High School (Bristol) 71-57 in hoops action.
The Colonels tipped off the event, honoring the legacy of former Emory & Henry head basketball coach Bob Johnson, who is the late father of Altavista’s coach Casey Johnson. The Classic featured five games in all, including teams such as LCA and defending Class 1 state champion Parry McCluer.
The Trojans grabbed an early 14-11 lead after the opening quarter of play behind nine points from freshman big man Evan Hankins. The second period would see the Colonels embark on a 10-0 spurt spearheaded by forward Stuart Hunt to take their first lead and go up 29-27 at halftime.
Stuart Hunt-- the Colonels’ leading scorer on the season-- poured in 12 points in the third quarter, including four from beyond the arc to help surge his squad to a 48-39 advantage heading into the final period. The Colonels once again took care of business at the free throw line, going 21-25 in the game to hold off any Trojans rally down the stretch for their third consecutive victory.
Hunt led Altavista with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds as eight different Colonel players made it into the scoring column. Ryan Hart (13 points, 6 assists), Marquel Dawkins (11 points) and Ben Tweedy (6 points) all enjoyed solid outings in the win. Nathan Spurling led John Battle (3-4) with 15 points in the loss. Altavista (6-2) is currently enjoying the holiday break and will return to the hardwood on Jan. 4 at home against arch-rival Gretna (0-4).