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Johnson edged out by Minneapolis Washburn
The win by Johnson over number four seed Austin in the Minnesota High School State Tournament moved the Governors into a contest with the number one seed in Class AAA, the Minneapolis Washburn Millers.
The Class 6AAA champion Millers gained an early edge on Johnson and then hung on precariously to that edge.
In the first half of play the Millers set the tone as they hit on 60.7 percent from the field to the Governors 33.3. The first half ended with Washburn on top by 39-30.
But the first half set the stage for the second 18 minutes of action as the Governors -- having proved their come-from-behind determination in this year's tournament -- were at one point down by 12 points and then narrowed the gap to just six at intermission.
As the second half of play got underway, the Millers found it difficult to pull away from the always hustling, always persistent Governors.
With six and a half minutes remaining in regulation, Johnson came back to knot the count at 52-52. They went ahead by a point. It was tied again at 56 and again at 58.
But from then on the Millers were able to hold on to a 3-point leeway. At 69-66 and with one minute remaining, Washburn went on a 6-0 spurt and closed out the Governors by the 9-point margin, 75-66.
Scoring a game-high 31 points was Johnson's Marcus Marshall. But he couldn't match the balance shooting of the Millers who had points from nine different players and three of their five starters in double figures.
Following Marshall's 31 points for Johnson were De'Vonta Durr 13, Quashingm Smith-Pugh 11, Shelby Ashford 6 and Bajuan Adams 5.
The loss to the 29-2 Millers pushed Johnson to a record of 21-9 and into a third place contest against Grand Rapids (25-6) for the bronze medals.