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George Visconti Becomes AL Johnson’s All-Time Leading Scorer as Clark Crusaders Hold off Summit HS

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George Visconti pictured with his parents following the game on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Johnson beat Summit 70-65 to capture their 16th win of the season, now on a seven-game winning streak. Credits: Gus Kalikas
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Arthur L. Johnson High School junior George Visconti celebrates with his teammates after breaking Kevin Boyle's record of 1,415 career varsity points. Credits: Bobby Dante
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The Johnson Crusaders and Summit Hilltoppers went at each other all game, but the Crusaders prevailed by a final score of 70-65 on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in Clark. Credits: Bobby Dante
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George Visconti was awarded with a plaque, commemorating his accomplishment of becoming the all-time leading scorer in boys varsity basketball career points. Credits: Leslie Visconti
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Arthur L. Johnson High School sophomore Brenden Kelly scored 12 points in the Crusaders' afternoon game against Summit HS. Credits: Bobby Dante
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Credits: Bobby Dante
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Credits: Bobby Dante
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CLARK, NJ-  Records were made to be broken, and Arthur L. Johnson High School junior George Visconti did just that on Saturday afternoon in Clark.  With a free throw in the fourth quarter of a high-pressure game against Summit High School, Visconti sank the shot to become the school's record-holder in varsity basketball points.

He now stands at 1,416 career varsity points, surpassing Kevin Boyle, who set the previous record with 1,415 points back in 1980.

“I was just overwhelmed with happiness,” Visconti said. “Today was a nice reminder that all my hard work pays off. And I know that milestone wouldn't have been attainable without support from my family, friends, and coaches. I felt very blessed after that game between my achievement and our 16th victory.”

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Watch the free-throw that broke the 37-year-old school record:

Visconti reached a milestone 1,000 career varsity points on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 against East Brunswick Tech HS.

On the afternoon, Visconti scored 20 points to lead the Crusaders past the Hilltoppers by a final score of 70-65.

The Crusaders knew they had a tough task on their hands as they took the court against the Hilltoppers. It would prove to be a close and hard-fought battle by both teams, with Johnson holding a slim 17-15 advantage over Summit at the end of the first quarter. The teams would carry the match over to the second quarter, seesawing back-and-forth, finally ending the half in a 37-37 tie.

With each shot and minute critical in the close game, the Crusaders outscored the Hilltoppers 18-17 in the third quarter. They started the final period with the slimmest of leads, 55-54, to keep it exciting.

The Crusaders outscored the Hilltoppers 15-11 in the final quarter, effectively securing another win for Johnson, as they continue with their historical season.

Also for Johnson, sophomore Brandon Hund scored 13 points, while senior Brendan Stanzione and sophomore Brenden Kelly cashed in 12 points apiece in the win. Junior Joe DiProfio added 11 points for the Crusaders.

For Summit, senior Chip Roriston led all scorers with 22 points in the loss, while senior Will Schaffer put up 16 points for the Hilltoppers.

The Johnson Crusaders (16-1) are now on a seven-game winning streak and will head out on the road to play at J.P. Stevens High School (Edison) Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.

The Summit Hilltoppers (9-10) are back in action when they return home to play against Roselle Abraham-Clark High School Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Earlier on Saturday, the Crusaders girls varsity basketball team hosted Westfield, losing to the Blue Devils by a final score of 44-38. They are currently 8-10 on the season, with their conference record standing at 6-2 so far.

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