Brandon Johns, East Lansing Make Strong Opening Statement Win Over DeWitt
Boys basketball season is underway in the state of Michigan and for Brandon Johns and the East Lansing Trojans they hit the ground running with a 67-58 win over DeWitt in each team's season opener.
Johns, who committed to Michigan for college in the offseason, is a Mr. Basketball hopeful in his senior season and he started his campaign on the right foot with a 33 point effort in the win. He also came close to a triple double with nine rebounds (all in the second half) and seven steals in the game.
Noah Schon stepped up big time for a team that lost prolific scorers like DeAndre Robinson and Caleb Hoekstra. Schon scored 23 points in this one including hitting 4-9 shots from three point range. He also grabbed three rebounds.
In the loss DeWitt had a very balanced scoring attack with three different players in double figures, however a combination of some early season rust and some solid East Lansing defense saw the Panthers commit 21 turnovers in this game. A rough start for Bill Flannery's squad in his first game, but a positive showing given that stat for sure.
DeWitt also outrebounded East Lansing 36-29 in the game.
East Lansing's next game is at Jackson on Friday night, on that same night DeWitt will host Mason.
Full stats from East Lansing vs DeWitt:
|29 (11)||Rebounds (Off)||36 (16)|
East Lansing individuals:
Brandon Johns: 33 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 7 steals, 2 blocks
Noah Schon: 23 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Marcus Wourman Jr.: 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Jack Morse: 2 points, 2 rebounds
Malik Jones: 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal
Tanner Reha: 16 points, 3 rebounds
Isaac Hungerford: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block
Luke Hyde: 11 points, 4 rebounds
Benjamin Tanke: 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Alan Smith: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal