POMPTON PLAINS, NJ-  The Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders boys varsity basketball team took back to the road for one more regular season game, as they traveled to play against the Pequannock High School Panthers, looking to tune it up before the start of the state tournament next week. The Crusaders outscored their opponents by a 22-2 margin in the second quarter to capture the 68-51 win Friday night in Pompton Plains.

The Crusaders and Panthers battled to a 17-17 tie after the first eight minutes of play, before the second quarter started, where Johnson took control.

Johnson outscored Pequannock 22-2 in the second quarter, taking a 39-19 lead into halftime, with the offense bringing the Crusaders out to a comfortable lead.

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The Crusaders led the Panthers 54-36 after the third quarter, before Johnson outscored their opponents in the final minutes to seal the road victory.

For Johnson, senior George Visconti scored 22 points in the win, while junior Brenden Kelly scored 14 points. Senior Joe DiProfio added ten points for the Crusaders.

For Pequannock, senior Ryan Hitchcock led his team with 15 points in the loss. Junior Tom Hardie added 12 points for his team.

The Johnson Crusaders (16-7) are back in action when they head back home for the first round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 2 state tournament with a home game against South River HS on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.

The Pequannock Panthers (16-8) are back in action when they open the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 state tournament with a home game in the first round against Mahwah HS on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.