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GSF Exclusive: Arizona bound senior Stanley Johnson’s last high school interview after winning Mater Dei’s fourth consecutive state title

Posted March 31, 2014 by in – GSF’s Justin Lum interviewed Stanley Johnson moments after leading the undefeated Mater Dei Monarchs (35-0) to a fourth-straight state title, defeating Bishop O’Dowd 71-61.

Stanley Johnson wore red and white for the Mater Dei Monarchs one last time in a basketball environment he is very much used to. Thousands of fans from Northern and Southern California witnessed Johnson put on a show inside the Sleep Train Arena, finishing with a game-high 25 points and 8 assists in a 71-61 win over Bishop O’Dowd (28-5). The fans also witnessed Johnson become the first player in California history to win four upper-division state championships.

The CIF Open Division Final started out close with the Dragons up 13-10 at the end of the first quarter. Junior guard Paris Austin contributed 10 points in the first half and finished with a team-high 23 points. Even with Ivan Rabb scoring just two points in the first two quarters, BOD went into halftime down 28-21. Despite out-rebounding Mater Dei 52-26, the Dragons turned the ball over 20 times and could not contain Stanley Johnson.

Sophomore center M.J. Cage made an impact with 16 points and eight rebounds, connecting on four dunks in the last quarter to seal the victory. The Monarchs’ zone defense held Ivan Rabb to 10 points all game, a factor in helping head coach Gary McKnight notch his 995th career win.

Stanley Johnson is headed for the University of Arizona next year where former Archbishop Mitty star Aaron Gordon just finished his freshman season. Johnson’s 2013 Monarchs defeated Gordon’s team in the Open Division title game last year.

About the Author

Justin Lum

Justin Lum is a home grown reporter from the Bay Area who is a sports fanatic. He played quarterback for City College of San Francisco in 2010 when they won the NorCal championship. He always knew he wanted to work in television and transferred to San Francisco State University for their renowned broadcasting program.Justin is definitely a versatile journalist with his background in news due to interning at NBC Bay Area. While juggling school and work, he would come into the station at 3 in the morning twice a week to shadow reporters who became his mentors. Justin is also very involved with his community in the East Bay. He works with the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club, mentoring the youth while coaching sports and fitness. When he does have time off, he enjoys working out, playing football, and spending time with family and friends. Sports is his true passion and Justin is excited about bringing his talent to GetSportsFocus.


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