GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OHIO– The Garfield Heights boys’ basketball team had a stellar game against Benedictine on Friday night, and during their 89-83 win, freshman Meechie Johnson absolutely dominated.
Johnson put up an unbelievable 50-point performance to lead the Bulldogs to their third win of the 2017-18 season. While the feat itself is incredibly impressive, it’s even more so when you take into consideration the fact that Friday was just the third high school game of his career.
The freshman got hot in the first half from behind the arc, nailing six three-pointers and scoring 26 first-half points.
In the second half, as the Bengals narrowed the Bulldogs’ lead to just two points, Johnson was perfect from the charity stripe hitting six crucial free throws.
Johnson also was able to deftly work his way into the paint while still putting on a clinic from outside and making hustle plays. His play even caught the attention of the Portland Trailblazers’ CJ McCollum:
The last of my records will be broken before he graduates https://t.co/NRNN1aCyyP
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) December 9, 2017
Johnson is the nephew of Garfield Heights head coach Sonny Johnson. The elder Johnson still holds the Garfield Heights’ record for most points scored in a single game with 52. The record was set during his senior season when he won the 1998 Ohio Mr. Basketball Award.
On Tuesday of last week, Garfield Heights also topped Shaw, 102-57, in a game that was attended by LeBron James, JR Smith and Dwyane Wade. In that game, Johnson finished with 22 points, four rebounds, and four assists.