February 5, 2013
Boys top 20: Unranked Johnson stuns No. 7 Kennedy

Hiram Johnson kept alive its teetering playoff hopes while producing one of the biggest upsets of the season in boys basketball.

Behind 19 points from James Cross and 16 by Charles Mills, the unranked Warriors (13-12, 7-5) stunned previous Metro Conference unbeaten Kennedy 62-60 in Greenhaven.

Johnson is No. 21 in the Sac-Joaquin Section's latest Division II power ratings. Only teams that finish among the top 16 or have 15 or more wins qualify for postseason play.

No. 7 Kennedy (16-8, 11-1) may have been looking past the Warriors to Thursday's game against defending Metro champion Sacramento.

Kennedy beat Sacramento 66-59 in their first league meeting Jan. 18 in Greenhaven.

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

NO. 4 SACRAMENTO 92, VALLEY 44 - Devin Young had 18 points and five rebounds; Joseph Barnes 13 points and nine rebounds; James Hadnot 11 points and four rebounds; and Aaron Cameron 10 points, five steals and five assists as the Dragons (19-6, 11-1) coasted past the Vikings (12-13, 5-7) in the Metro game in South Sacramento.

NO. 5 ANTELOPE 63, MIRA LOMA 36 - The inside duo of Isaiah Ellis and Gabe Bealer each had 17 points as the Titans (19-6, 8-0) defeated the Matadors (6-19, 0-8) in a Capital Athletic League contest.

NO. 8 BURBANK 56, ROSEMONT 33 - Clifford Lyles had 11 points and three assists and David Straughter nine points, 16 rebounds and seven assists as the Titans (17-8, 9-3) downed the Wolverines (3-22, 0-12) in the Metro Conference game.



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