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Reggie Johnson of St. Joseph puts up a shot over James McGee of Mater Dei. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Me
Chargers point guard Glynn Watson proved he is a star in the making, playing high quality basketball against a national powerhouse. The sophomore scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, all the while handling pressure from Mater Dei’s Division I quality guards.
St. Joseph’s Paul Turner (12 points) scored with 4:46 to play to pull the Chargers within four points. The Monarch’s Elijah Brown (28 points), the son of former Lakers coach Mike Brown, immediately responded with a three to retake control.
“It was a good experience for us to play a nationally ranked team, but we are still a young team and need to work on developing our chemistry,” — St. Joseph’s AJ Patty (eight points, 13 rebounds).
Brown, 6-8 junior Stanley Johnson (15 points, nine rebounds) and Jordan Strawberry (13 points), Darryl Strawberry’s son, were too much for the young Chargers (4-2), who showed flashes of brilliance but couldn’t maintain that level of play for 32 minutes against USA Today’s No. 11 ranked team.