The Transylvania Times -

By Joseph Swanson
BC Sports Information 

Johnson Nets Career High, Tornados Topple Crusaders In OT – Brevard NC

 

January 2, 2017

Harry Singh goes for a layup with his right hand while JaMarquis Johnson drains a pull-up jumper for two of his career high 23 points in Brevard's overtime win against North Greenville last Friday. (Times photos by Jeremiah Reed)

Backed by a career-high 23-point explosion by freshman guard JaMarquis Johnson and 18 points by junior guard Stevie Williams the Brevard College Tornados (2-10) took the North Greenville University Crusaders (5-4) to overtime Friday evening, winning by a final of 80-76.

Johnson wrapped up his career night shooting 8-12 from the floor and an impressive 6-8 from behind the three point line. Williams knocked down 7-9 free throw attempts, while pulling down a team-high nine boards and dishing out a game-high five assists.

Johnson also finished with a game-high four steals, as junior D.J. Bostick and senior forward Omar El Diraoui finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Following an opening layup by NGU's Daniel Burchette and the answering score by Williams, the Crusaders' Miguel Cartagena would find the glass for a 4-2 North Greenville lead.

However, Williams would connect from three-point range to give Brevard their first lead of the game at 5-4.

Williams would open the evening scoring the Tornados' first seven points, before Bostick connected on back-to-back three-pointers to give BC a 13-10 lead.

The Crusaders would use a 16-3 run to take a 26-16 advantage, before Johnson would connect for his first points of the night, hitting from three-point range to end the NGU run.

Following Johnson's three, the Tornados used a 10-0 run to end the half, taking a 29-28 lead into the break.

Both squads would come out of the break on fire, battling to a 40-40 tie with 14-minutes remaining.

However, NGU would use a 15-5 run to take an 10-point 55-45 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

But the resilient Tornados would not collapse.

For the second time in the game they erased a 10-point deficit, using a 21-11 run to tie the game at 66-66 with 2:13 remaining in the half, on a three-point basket by El Diraoui, before ending the second half at 71-71 forcing the Tornados' first overtime game of the year.

Burchette would connect on a lay-up at 3:49 in overtime, to give the Crusaders a 73-71 lead, before Bostick hit his fourth three of the game to give the Tornados back the lead 74-73.

NGU's Cartegena used a three-point basket on the Crusaders next offensive possession to give NGU back the lead 76-74.

However, that would be the last Crusaders basket the Tornados would allow, as stifling defense, a three-point dagger from Johnson, followed by another turn around jumper in the point by Johnson and a free throw from junior Shelby Parris gave Brevard the 80-76 decision.

The Tornados return to action this Wednesday as they host the Anderson Trojans at 8 p.m.

 
 

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