Veteran Los Osos boys basketball coach Dave Smith has been waiting for his sharp-shooter Shane Johnson to break loose. He was the team’s best long distance threat last year but through the first nine games this season he hadn’t managed more than two. And he only had two once.
He finally had that night. On Saturday he hit 11 3-pointers and finished with 39 points in the Grizzlies 100-72 win over Culver City at the Inland Empire Classic. The 11 in one game bested the school record, one he broke last year with 10.
The team hit 19 3pointers for the school record for makes by the team in a single game. Johnson, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, was 11-of-17 from long distance.
“We knew it was only a matter of time,” Smith said. “He has that ability and for whatever reason hadn’t really gotten in a rhythm this season. It was contagious because all our guys started hitting them.”
The Grizzlies are 7-3 on the season. They return to action on Dec. 26 against Ironwood of Tuscson, Ariz.