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Longhorns take care of their neighbors

Thursday, February 20, 2003

The defending Class A champion Viola Longhorns put the finishes on their regular season with a 61-39 win over the Salem Greyhounds Feb. 14.

Both teams, with an eye on the post season just around the corner, came out sluggish in a game that saw plenty of banging, grabbing and free throws without much of an offensive rhythm.

By virtue of holding the Greyhounds to just five field goals in the first half, the Longhorns moved in front quickly and never looked back.

Salem's lone field goal in the first period came at the 1:15 mark on a layup from Justin Howell (12 points).

Dustin Jones (nine points) dropped in a point-blank shot at the end of the frame to give Viola an 11-4 lead after one.

Brett Cotter (13 points) opened the second period with four straight points for Viola as they went on a 10-5 run to open up a 23-9 lead.

Luke Barker hit Salem's only trey of the night to stop the Longhorn stampede, but Viola held a comfortable 29-14 advantage at the half.

The Longhorns extended their lead to 36-14 just inside the third period as Adam Hancock (20 points) went to the hoop for a pair of layups.

The first Greyhound points of the frame came on a couple of free throws from Leon Harvey (eight points) at the 3:19 mark, and the last six points in the third for Salem came from He well inside the lane.

Corey Batterton closed the period for Viola with four free throws as the Greyhounds were doubled, 46-23, after three.

Kevin Painter nailed a trey to begin the fourth period as Viola continued to cruise, beating the neighboring Greyhounds 61-39.

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