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Magoffin finishes runner-up in 57th District

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SALYERSVILLE - Playing on its home floor, Magoffin County fell to longtime rival Johnson Central in the 57th District Boys' Basketball Tournament title game. Johnson Central pulled away to defeat tournament host Magoffin County 79-55 in the 57th District title game on Friday night. 

Magoffin County dropped to 18-11 with the loss. 

With the win, Johnson Central improved to 25-6.

Both Johnson Central and Magoffin County advanced to the 15th Region Boys' Basketball Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. 

Johnson Central won its 19th 57th District title. Tommy McKenzie won his fifth 57th District title as a head coach. 

Johnson Central shot 43.7 percent (31-of-71) from the field, which included finishing 5-of-23 beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles shot 75 percent (12-of-16) from the free throw line. 

In one of its most balanced offensive performances of the season, Johnson Central featured four scorers in double figures. Leading the Golden Eagles to the win, Mason Blair and Cole Crace scored 22 points apiece. 

Jacob Rice posted 15 points and Dalton Collins contributed a career-high 12 points for Johnson Central, a squad that claimed its 12th straight win. The Golden Eagles haven't lost since falling to host Knott County Central in Hindman on January. 19. 

Johnson Central carried a lead out of each quarter. The Golden Eagles led 31-25 at halftime and quickly stretched their lead after intermission. Johnson Central doubled up Magoffin County 24-12 in the third quarter. 

Jaren Lovely led Magoffin County with a team-high 18 points. Lovely, who has signed to play baseball for Marshall University, drew heavy pressure from Johnson Central throughout the tournament game. 

Ryan Mullins, narrowly missed registering a double-double for the Hornets, scoring 15 points and grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. Mullins ranks one of the 15th Region's most underrated boys' basketball players.

Trenton Russell chipped in seven points and six rebounds for the Hornets in the setback.

Other scorers for Magoffin County were Dalton Peters (four points), Kyle Risner (four points), Nolan Arnett (four points) and Isaiah Salyer (three points). 

The Hornets committed a dozen turnovers in the setback. 

Magoffin County is slated to meet 58th District champion South Floyd in the first round of the 57th District Boys' Basketball Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville on Thursday evening. 

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