HAMPTON, Va. — Justin Johnson turned in a gutsy effort and the Kentucky Travelers defeated Team Texas Elite 89-67 on Sunday afternoon to close the second EYBL session on a high note.
Johnson, a standout at Perry Central, was hit in the face in the Sunday morning game and briefly lost vision in one eye. He returned a couple hours later against Texas Elite and recorded 23 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Both totals were game highs.
The victory pushed the Travelers to a 5-4 record, which puts the Lexington-based squad in a tie for second place in their 10-team division behind the Tyus Jones-led Howard Pulley Panthers.
Knott Central star Camron Justice and Ohio native Jeff Thomas scored 19 points each for the Travelers. They were followed in scoring by Ohio’s Zach McCormick (9 points), Trinity’s Ray Spalding (8 points, 6 rebounds), Perry Central’s Braxton Beverly (4 points, 5 assists), Southwestern’s David Kapinga (4 points), Holmes’ Beetle Bolden (2 points, 5 rebounds) and Tennessee native Rob Marberry (1 point).
Several college coaches were scouting the Travelers on Sunday afternoon, including Western Kentucky assistant David Boyden and BYU assistant Mark Pope.
The Travelers lost their Sunday morning game 91-62 to Team Penny — by far the team’s worst loss of the EYBL season. UK recruit Skal Labissiere had 20 points and 17 rebounds for Team Penny in that game. Marberry led the Travelers with 14 points.
The Travelers will next play in Dallas on May 10-12 before wrapping up the EYBL regular season in Minneapolis on May 24-27.