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Athlete of the week: Johnson has big week for Platte-Geddes boys

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PLATTE — Coby Johnson established himself as a threat in the Platte-Geddes boys’ basketball team’s run at the end of last season.

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Now a junior, Johnson has continued to be the leading force for the Black Panthers, who took third in the Class A state tournament in Johnson’s sophomore season.

The 6-foot-5 forward had three big offensive games last week, scoring at least 25 points in each of Platte-Geddes’ three victories. Johnson had 34 points in a 68-56 win over Todd County, 25 points and eight rebounds in a 71-60 victory over Bon Homme and 30 points in a 59-43 win over Sully Buttes Saturday.

For his efforts, Johnson was named The Daily Republic’s athlete of the week, an award voted on by the newspaper’s sports staff.

Johnson’s 34-point performance against Todd County Feb. 11 was a career high.

“He’s an all-around player,” 25-year Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler said. “People can’t just guard him inside because he can play on the perimeter, too. He’s been one of our go-to guys.”

Johnson leads the Black Panthers (12-5) in scoring and rebounding this season with 20 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He recorded his career high in rebounds against Colome on Jan. 31 with 18.

Cutler said Johnson’s experience at the state tournament last year will be beneficial when this year’s postseason begins in March. Johnson, along with Carter Dykstra, are the only two returning starters for the Black Panthers this season. Kole Heller also saw time off the bench last season.

“With him being comfortable playing in those types of games, it gives him an advantage,” Cutler said of Johnson. “He’s been in pressure situations and we’re working to get the rest of our team there.”

The Black Panthers host Winner tonight in Platte.

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Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.
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