January 3, 2013
Boys Top 20: Johnson leads Sheldon to win in New Orleans

Darin Johnson made an immediate impact in his debut today for Sheldon's top-ranked boys basketball team.

The 6-foot-4 wing had 24 points to lead the Huskies to a 65-53 win over Northside of Lafayette, La., in the All-Star SugarBowl Classic in New Orleans.

Johnson, a scholarship signee with Washington, had to sit out the first 30 days of the season under the CIF's new eligibility policy after having transferred from Franklin.

Dakarai Allen added 17 points and D'Erryl Williams and Ryan Manning had nine points each for the Huskies.

In other boys games reported to The Bee involving Top 20 teams:

No. 2 Sacramento 91, Florin 42 - Joseph Barnes had 14 points as the Dragons coasted past the Panthers in the Metro Conference opener.

No. 6 Bella Vista 61, Shasta 51 - Austin Hennen led four players in double figures with 15 points as the Broncos won their Trojan Toss-Up opener at Oak Ridge High School.

No. 11 Burbank 74, Hiram Johnson 66 - David Straughter had 16 points and Jalen Coates added 15 as the Titans downed the Warriors in the Metro Conference opener.

No. 14 Roseville 60, West Campus 58, in overtime - Daniel Rios' 20 points helped lead the Tigers past the Warriors. Devan Sawyer had a game-high 26 points for West Campus.

Pleasant Valley 55, No. 15 Oak Ridge 50 - Blake Marchant's 31 points helped the Chico visitors beat the Trojans in their own Trojan Toss-Up tournament in El Dorado Hills. Josh Simms' 16 points led Oak Ridge.

Cosumnes Oaks 57, No. 18 Rio Americano 56 - Alex Van Dyke's 24 points paced the Wolfpack in their win over the Raiders. Zach Suarez led Rio Americano with 19 points.

No. 19 Casa Roble 53, Las Plumas 35 - Eric Stuteville's 16 points helped the Rams to victory in the Dennis Burnum Classic in Oroville.

No. 20 Cordova 74, Laguna Creek 65 - Jordan Roberson had 33 points and Troy Owens 26 to lead the Lancers to their ninth consecutive win. Andre Lewis, playing his first game since becoming eligible, led Laguna Creek with 35 points.

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