The Atom Smashers Win Class AAA Championship


The Atom Smashers of Sol C. Johnson High School finished the 2011- 2012 basketball season with a record of 23 wins and 6 losses. The Atom Smashers won the Class AAA regular season region championship with a 17-1 record. Johnson controlled Saturday’s State Title game from the opening tip off until the final buzzer.

The Atom Smashers winning 61-51 over the Blue Jackets. Tim Quarterman led the Atomsmashers with 21 points in his final game. Quarterman was in control with teammate Greg Mortimer. After taking the lead midway through the first quarter, Johnson never let up the heat of Savannah High… pushing it out to 16 points in the second half. Jamal Norman scored 16 points for the Blue Jackets.

Former Savannah High assistant coach Utaff Gordon, now head coach of the Atomsmashers, took the win from his former boss, Tim Jordan. Savannah High’s Blue Jackets were smothered throughout the game by Johnson’s defensive effort. Thrown out of balance offensively, the Blue Jackets shooting suffered. Savannah was not only 34 percent from the field, but a paltry 22 percent from three-point range, making 4-of-18 shots from behind the 3-point arc. Trailing 12-10, the Atom Smashers held the Blue Jackets without a field goal for more than five minutes, and an 11- 6 run. Quarterman scored nine points in a row, moved Johnson to a 26-18 lead. The Atom Smashers led 30-21 at halftime.

Jermaine Williams, who had 18 to lead the Blue Jackets cut the Johnson lead to 32-24 with a three-pointer early in the third, but the Atom Smashers stepped up, inducing another Blue Jackets shooting drought. Savannah went more than three minutes without a field goal, and Johnson took advantage. An 8-0 run put Johnson ahead 40-26 with 3:27 to go. This time it was another guard finding his way through the Savannah defense with Greg Mortimer scoring six of his 13 points. Mortimer also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, keeping the Blue Jackets from picking up an advantage on the glass. Johnson outrebounded Savannah 32-28, including a 21-13 edge of the defensive end. Savannah needed an offensive run to have a chance to win, but that scoring burst never came together. Chances of a comeback for Savannah High were stunted with 3:30 to go and Williams fouled out of the game.

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