With less than two minutes remaining in the game, Johnson hit a pair of free throws to give the Toros the lead. A short time later, he knocked down two key shots to expand the lead. “He’s the leader of the team,” said Toros head coach Brad Jones.
Johnson has a flare for the dramatic. Tuesday night, after going 0-6 from the field in a loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Johnson drained his last three three-point field goals to help the Toros to a 126-121 victory. “You expect those shots to go in all game long, and fortunate [for me] they did,” said Johnson.
The Toros entered the fourth quarter trailing 78-72. The Armor’s backcourt of JamesOn Curry and Scottie Reynolds torched the Austin defense in the third quarter as the two combined to score 19 of their team’s 26 third quarter points.
But in the fourth quarter, the Toros held the Armor’s backcourt tandem to just 8 points, all scored by Reynolds. “At the end we finally stepped up as a team and stopped them,” said Jones. “We couldn’t stop them one-on-one.”
The Toros had six players in double figures, led by Thomas Gardner with 17, while Marcus Cousin chipped in 16.
The Armor were led by Reynolds with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Curry dropped 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the losing effort.
The Toros won their second consecutive game to improve to 5-5, while the Armor, losers of three straight, fall to 3-5.
The Armor will host the Toros again tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. at the MassMutual Center.