SOMERS — Freshman DeAndre Johns scored all of his game-high 25 points in the second half as the St. Joseph boys basketball team outlasted Shoreland Lutheran, 59-51, in a Midwest Classic Conference game on Friday night.
Johns heated up in the third quarter before taking over with 17 of the Lancers’ 20 points in the fourth quarter.
“Whenever we have a guy get into a rhythm, we want to start to run a lot of stuff for them,” said St. Joseph coach Jose Winston, whose team improved to 11-4 overall and 6-3 in the MCC. “We wanted to try and get (Johns) a lot of ball screens. When he was off the ball, they were leaving him a little bit so he could get into rhythm and knock those down.”
Shoreland (1-8, 5-9) took the momentum and the lead late in the fourth quarter — lighting a fire under a capacity crowd — behind a pair of three pointers from Jacob Anderson to make it 51-49 with two minutes remaining.
St. Joseph, ranked eighth in the WisSports.net Division-4 poll, answered with the game’s final 10 points.
Johns fueled the 10-0 run with a wide-open three from the corner and followed it with a nifty teardrop in the paint to give the Lancers a 54-51 edge with one minute remaining.
Coming out of a timeout, Shoreland turned it over on the inbounds pass and was forced to foul. Johns knocked down both free throws to all but seal it.
“It was a great atmosphere to play a high school basketball game,” Shoreland coach Paul Strutz said. “It was a great battle between two teams. It may not reflect in our record but we are getting better every night.”
Shoreland led 17-12 after one quarter and held a 27-21 halftime advantage.
Nick Zupinski scored a team-high 17 for the Pacers.