Wearing a hoodie in pregame warmups, Stanley Johnson was smiling, dancing and even singing a hip-hop song blaring over the public address system Friday night at Lakewood Mayfair. The 6-foot-7 All-American from Santa Ana Mater Dei left little doubt how much he enjoys playoff time. Four seconds into the Southern Section Open Division quarterfinal playoff game, he took a lob pass and dunked.
It was just the beginning of another memorable performance from a player who is headed to legendary status in Mater Dei lore. He finished with 42 points in the Monarchs' 77-59 victory over Mayfair.
"It's Stanley at his best," Coach Gary McKnight said.
Yes, unbeaten Mater Dei (29-0) received a good scare last week in pulling out an overtime first-round playoff victory over Montebello Cantwell-Sacred Heart.
"It was a warning call," Johnson said. "We needed it. It happened; it's over."
The Monarchs were on top of their game against Mayfair (23-6), putting together a 20-0 run in the second quarter for a 38-21 halftime lead. In the third quarter, every time Mayfair tried to make a run, Johnson turned into a roadblock. He had 17 points in the quarter.