Johnson's 31 lead Jericho to semis
Jericho's upcoming opponents should be warned, if this trend continues, Garrett Johnson will set a career high against them.
Last week in the first round of the playoffs, he matched his career high of 26 points. Wednesday in the quarterfinals, he surpassed it with 31 points. Tuesday in the semifinals, he will get a chance to extend his postseason run of personal bests.
Johnson, who hit 16 of 18 free throws, led No. 5 Jericho to a 62-47 win over host No. 4 Glen Cove in the Nassau Class A boys basketball playoffs.
"This was the biggest game of my life," he said. "I don't even have words to describe it."
Johnson started strongly, scoring eight in the first quarter, but finished stronger, scoring 11 in the fourth to help Jericho protect its lead.
The Jayhawks came out attacking the basket in the third. David Orr (15 points) knifed down the lane for an easy two and Leo Weiner followed with back-to-back layups to cap a 10-0 run and open a 38-23 lead with 3:15 left in the third.
Kewan Beebe, who led Glen Cove (15-4) to its first conference championship in 22 years, finished with 22 points, including the first 12 of the game. The Big Red cut the lead to 46-41 with 4:12 remaining after Mauro Carignano hit a 15-foot jumper and Chris Theodorou intercepted a pass and went coast-to-coast for the layup.
But Jericho (14-5) pulled away after Weiner's layup off a pretty give-and-go with Harrison Rieber and some late free throws by Corey Miller, who finished with seven points and five assists. The Jayhawks play Great Neck North at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at SUNY-Old Westbury.
"We don't worry about the other team," Jericho coach Walter Bachman said. "We just play Jericho basketball."