John Essex boys beat A.L. Johnson

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Hornets zipped past A.L. Johnson en route to a 55-35 win Tuesday night.

“The whole team is a star,” first-year head coach Rodney Dixon said of his squad.

The win comes less than a week after the Hornets rallied to beat the Eagles by only five during the Pre-Thanksgiving Classic.

“The game plan was that if we stop (Kejuan) McGhee, we stop their team,” Dixon said. “It proved to be true.”

The JEHS defense kept McGhee, who scored 26 in the first meeting, contained for much of the night. The Eagles’ top scorer finished with 11 points on the night.

The Hornets got off to a sluggish start, posting only seven points in the first quarter on the way to an early 10-7 deficit.

“I told them that we were saying we were 20 points better than these guys and right they look like they’re 20 points better than us,” Dixon said of his address to his team after the game’s opening frame.

The Hornets apparently took his words to heart as they put together a 21-9 second quarter and never looked back.

“Jimmy (Branch) did not play the first game. Zameke (Fluker) finally stepped up and played the kind of game I knew he could play,” Dixon said. “My big man, Dominique (Williams) finally showed up.”

Zackary Fluker scored a game-high 14 points. Zameke Fluker finished with 12 while Branch added 10. Williams scored seven and grabbed a slew of rebounds in his most prolific effort to date.

“We’ve got a tough road ahead of us,” Dixon added.