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Johnson scores 34 points vs. Vikings

Steve Yingling

Hug’s Armon Johnson was all that and then some.

The Hug junior lit up the South Tahoe High Vikings for 34 points, six assists, six steals and eight rebounds during an 81-60 Sierra Division boys’ basketball victory on Tuesday in Reno.

“Armon just put on a show,” said STHS coach Derek Allister. “He might be better than (Louisville’s David) Padgett. He’s a high-level Pac-10 player.”

Allister tried a variety of defenses to slow down Johnson but none of them worked.

“We tried to stop him with everybody in the stands,” he said. “We tried man, zone, face guarding … he’s so unselfish that when we really tried to take him out, he’d move the ball to other people who were open.”

Third-place South Tahoe dropped to 4-3 in division play and 11-8 overall. Hug, the Sierra Nevada Media Group’s top-rated team, improved to 7-0 and 17-3.

South Tahoe’s Jared Wood and Joel Keegan had 24 and 23 points, respectively.

Hug took control in the second quarter, expanding an eight-point lead to a 26-point edge by halftime.

“We hung in there for a while, then they went on an unbelievable run,” Allister said. “We just struggled to handle their pressure defense.

“Their pressure was so dominant on the perimeter that it was really tough for us to get looks. It made passes into the post very difficult.”

STHS will play host to surging Damonte Ranch (3-3 entering Tuesday’s game at North Valleys) on Friday night.

“That’s a huge game for us,” said Allister, whose team will play at Reno the following day. “We just have to get that Damonte game and get through the Reno game and get back to playing solid basketball and go on a little bit of a run of our own.”


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