South Hills Audi got a balanced performance from Johnson and Sheldon Jeter, who tied for the team-lead with 21 points. Jeter hit a pair of three-pointers, but also came down with 17 rebounds--tying for the most of any player on Wednesday night.
South Hills Audi led 44-39 at the half, and led for most of the game until CRONS got a dunk from Pitt freshman Ryan Luther on a fast break. CRONS--playing with just five players--led 72-71 with just under nine minutes to play.
The teams would trade leads six times over the next three minutes. Jeter finished off a putback with a dunk, his team trailing 80-78 with six minutes left.
Johnson added his fifth three-pointer of the night with three minutes left to play. South Hills Audi regained the lead for good on a runner from Lance Jeter, 90-89. Sheldon Jeter came down with one last defensive rebound with 20 seconds left, to clinch the victory.
Lance Jeter tied his cousin for the team-lead with 21 points. Tracy Foster added 16 in the win.
Cameron Wright made his summer debut for CRONS, playing all 44 minutes, and leading his team with 26 points. Luther added 14 points and nine rebounds.
Johnson finished 5-8 from three-point range. It's early, but some chemistry between him and Jeter is evident.
"We spend a lot of time together," Johnson said. "Me and Sheldon have similar workout schedules, similar class schedules. We've been playing together for six weeks, now.
Bakery Square 106 Shale Attorney 96
Bakery Square got its first win of the Pro-Am League, with a 106-96 win over Shale Academy.
Neither team could afford much of a break--Bakery Square playing with five players, Shale Attorney with six.
Tysen Powell led Bakery Square with 27 points. They got a double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds from Pitt's Joseph Uchebo. Pitt walk-on Ryan Lecak finished with 20 points on 7-10 shooting, including a 5-7 performance from three-point range.
Shale Attorney was led by Rene Castro, with 29 points. Pitt's Aron Nwonkwo had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Joshua Ko added 10.
UPMC 89 GNC 78
UPMC jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on GNC, with four of those points coming from Pitt's Jamel Artis, on its way to a 89-78 win.
GNC was able to gain a first-half lead, 14-13, just a few minutes later. UPMC was able to hold a 38-36 lead at halftime, and went on to lead for the rest of the game.
UPMC led by as many as 11--77-66 on a dunk from Artis--with 4:30 left.
Artis led UPMC with 24 points, on 11-12 shooting. Pitt's Chris Jones finished right behind him with 22 points on 7-13 shooting.
Karvel Anderson led GNC with 32 points, in the loss.
System One 113 PGT 88
It was the Mike Young Show in Wednesday night's other second game. Young paced System One with 32 points, helping his team to a 113-88 win over PGT.
Young was 10-14 shooting, also pulling down 10 rebounds. System One also had big performances from Elijah Mason with 24 points, and Javon Carter with 20.
Lucky Jones led PGT with 31 points, in the loss. Pitt's Josh Newkirk finished with 21 points on 10-22 shooting, which included a 1-7 performance from three-point range.
System One 2-0, 198, 168
South Hills Audi 2-0, 196, 173
UPMC 2-0, 184, 154
PGT 1-1, 198, 200
Bakery Square 1-1, 190, 197
Shale Attorney 0-2, 183, 216
CRONS 0-2, 165, 190
GNC 0-2, 158, 174