CLARK, NJ – The winter sports season is officially in full swing for the Arthur L. Johnson Crusaders. Let’s take a look to see how the teams have been competed up to this point of the season.
Johnson opened the season with a road trip to take on Koinonia in Plainfield. The Crusaders dominated play and started the season 1-0 following a 58-36 victory on Friday, Dec. 20. Johnson led 25-18 at halftime before outscoring Koinonia 33-18 in the second half for the 22-point victory. Two players finished in double figures for Johnson. Matt O’Conner led all scorers with 16 points in addition to six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal. Augustine Puentes added 13 points, four assists and four steals. Brandon Castro dished out six assists. In total, Johnson finished with 10 blocks and 10 steals.
The Crusaders open their home slate against Madison Monday night at 7.
Johnson fell in its season opener against Gov. Livingston, 53-28, on Friday night. Gov. Livingston put the game out of reach with a 17-0 third quarter. The Crusaders will meet East Orange Monday night at 6.
Johnson is off to a solid 4-1 start to the season. After wins over West Orange and Frisch to start off the year, the Crusaders lost their lone game thus far to Dayton, 5-4, on Dec. 13. In that game, Dayton scored three goals in the third period. Johnson had a 39-33 advantage in shots. The Crusaders bounced back with a 6-4 win against Edison on Dec. 18, scoring two goals apiece in each period. Anthony Morreale had a hat trick. The Crusaders then had a 5-0 shutout of Kearny on Friday, Dec. 20. Nick Galati led the offensive effort with two goals and goalie Nick Sofiankois totaled 26 saves. Johnson was scheduled to meet Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Monday at Warinanco Park at 4:30 p.m.
Johnson competed in the Edison Classic on Saturday. In the eight-team tournament, Johnson finished with 35 points for seventh place. Edison took first with 97 points. Manville (88) and Metuchen (84) rounded out the top three. Matthew Lordi (106) and Jordan Downey (195) finished as runner-ups after losing in the finals.
Johnson is 0-4 with losses to Rahway, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Westfield and Linden.
Johnson is 0-4 with losses to Dayton, Union Catholic, Elizabeth and Colonia in December.