Johnson dominates Stillwater

For tonight's intro, we take you back to the early days of The Czar.  December 19, 2007 when Stillwater came from behind for a wild 64-62 buzzer beater victory.  Stillwater might be on their 2nd coach since that game, but it does mark the return of Paul Franklin to the building where he had that life-long memory.  Stillwater #4 in AAAA coming in, Johnson #3 in AAA.  Blah Hot Dog but the 7-up was appropriate for this one.

Game Time
Let's just say this one was over quickly.  Estan Tyler with a pullup, a triple and a sweet behind the back pass for a layup.  Max Rosenbloom with back to back triples and its 15-3 Johnson at the 14:30 mark.  Tyler with a steal that leads to him nailing another triple.26-7 Johnson at the 8:57 mark.  Ryan Duxbury finally gets a touch in the post and scores at the 7:10 mark.  Tyler with another pair of threes and this one is over at the half as Johnson leads 50-22 .  The 2nd half is nothing but blah.  Stillwater does win the 2nd half and keeps it out of running time.  Johnson rolls 77-52

For Stillwater, turnovers were an absolute killer.  They just couldn't generate anything vs the Johnson man or 1-2-2 pressure.  Against the 1-2-2, the Ponies almost looked lost.  Duxbury playing the high post against it and not finding him.  Paul Franklin leads the way with 13 points and Ryan Duxbury with 12 points. White Bear Lake and Hudson are a pair of games for the Ponies before they travel to Rochester for the Rochester Rotary Tournament over the holidays.

For Johnson, an impressive first half performance from a deep Johnson squad.  Defensively they really get after people.  And Estan Tyler's shot was absolutely pure tonight with 4 triples in the first half.  Much improved from outside for him.  Max Rosenbloom with a nice night of 10 points.  The Governors could get their chance at the best at the Best Buy Holiday Classic where the brackets layout with Sibley and Hopkins in the semis and final.


  1. Johnson plays the best in your face defense I have seen in highschool basketball, can't wait until they get some really competitive to play against.

  2. any thoughts on Franklin from Stillwater? Can he play college ball say NAIA or DII??


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