Johnson explodes for 51, also hangs triple-double

Putnam County hoops standout Carl Johnson cools off during a preseason scrimmage, was on fire Tuesday at Social Circle. (Photo by Dave Brown.)

By Dave Brown / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Carl Johnson recorded the best game ever by a Putnam County High School boys basketball player when he scored 51 points Tuesday against Social Circle.

Johnson added 11 rebounds and 10 steals to complete the triple-double.

The War Eagles entered this week ranked No. 12 in Class 8-AA by maxpreps.com after taking two of three region games last week.

“It felt good to get two region wins,” said Putnam coach Johnny Williams.

“We had a chance to go 3-0, but we lost by two points to Banks County, the top team in our region, by 2 points.”

After playing three region games last week, Putnam has another three 8-AA games this week.

Putnam played on the road Tuesday at Social Circle, and this weekend it hosts Rabun County and Oglethorpe County on back-to-back nights.

Friday’s game will be Pink Out Night and Saturday contest is Recreation Night with both boys games slated for 7:30 p.m.

See the Jan. 29 edition for a report on The War Eagles and a special feature about Johnson’s historic performance.

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