Boys Varsity Basketball · The Rebound: Tigers get three-ball falling their way, defeat Bryan 70-51


T.J. Johnson scored 26 points in Belton’s 70-51 win over Bryan Tuesday night at Tiger Gym. (Photo credit: Tony Adams, The Belton Journal)

Bounce back games. Teams look for these to regain momentum after a tough loss.

The Belton Tigers had that opportunity on Tuesday night, as they hosted the Bryan Vikings at Tiger Gym.

T.J. Johnson scored 26 points, Trap Johnson added 19 points and Ben Jones chipped in 14 points, as the Tigers hit 11 three-pointers in a 70-51 win over the Vikings.

The irony? It was the exact score that the Tigers lost by just four nights ago to Ellison.

Bryan’s lone lead of the game was by way of a Rodney Johnson, Jr. jumper one minute into the game.

T.J. Johnson hit the first two baskets for the Tigers, and Trap Johnson added a three-pointer with four minutes to go in the first quarter to give the Tigers a 7-4 lead.

Belton (13-3, 4-1 District 12-6A) closed the quarter on a 9-3 run, with T.J. Johnson, Trap Johnson, Kayden Downs and Trent West contributing to the streak. The Tigers led at the end of the first frame, 16-7.

The Tigers completed a 9-0 run with a T.J. Johnson field goal with 7:15 to play in the first half. The Johnson brothers continued to tickle the twine with alarming regularity, as they combined for 15 points in the second quarter. Belton led by 14 points at the halftime break, 33-19.

While the Tigers were poised to pull away from the Vikings in the third quarter, Dylan Glover was not having any of it. He scored 11 points in the third quarter to keep Bryan (13-3, 3-2) in the game.

Jones started the half with a three-pointer at the top of the key 10 seconds in. Glover countered with a three-pointer 30 seconds later.

Belton answered with a three-pointer by Jones and a paint field goal by Trap Johnson.

The Tigers pushed the lead to 24 points, as Jones’ three-pointer with 3:45 put Belton up 51-28. Glover’s three-pointer and Taylon Johnson’s free throw narrowed the margin to 19 points by the end of the third quarter, 51-32.

Belton opened up a 27-point lead with a Trap Johnson three-pointer with 4:45 remaining in the game, 62-35.

Glover scored 13 of Bryan’s final 16 points to narrow the gap to 19 points. However, the margin was too much for the Vikings to come back from.

Belton hosts Shoemaker on Friday night. The Grey Wolves (5-10, 3-2) fell to Copperas Cove at home on Tuesday, 76-63.