AURORA | A profile look at Rangeview senior Matthew Johnson, who is set to play for Team West in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game set for Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Cherokee Trail High School. The boys game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. or immediately following the girls game that begins at 3 p.m. (buy tickets in advance: bit.ly/ATOWN2017):
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School: Rangeview High School
2016-17 averages: 21.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.0 steals per game
Season highlights: A season after the Rangeview boys basketball team went undefeated all the way up to a Class 5A state semifinal loss to Eaglecrest, the Raiders faced a challenge. Not only did coach Shawn Palmer have to replace a group of seniors that had raised the bar of the program to great heights, but his squad also suffered a difficult loss before the season tipped off when senior guard Elijah Blake — an A-Town All-Star in 2016 and a University of Denver signee — suffered a torn ACL and had to undergo surgery. While external expectations for Rangeview might have dipped, they did not waver internally and Palmer’s team went on to win the EMAC championship again and finish with 16 wins. The play of senior Matthew Johnson was crucial to the Raiders’ success, as the lightning quick guard flourished as a starter after serving as a reserve last year. He ended the season as Aurora’s leading scorer at 21.8 points per game, the product of a deadly outside shot (65 3-pointers) coupled with the ability to get to the rim almost at will. The EMAC Most Valuable Player added 3.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game as one of the team’s galvanizing forces. Johnson will play on Team West in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game.
Johnson vs. Aurora teams: vs. Cherokee Trail (10 points, 3 steals; 25 points, 4 steals); vs. Grandview (16 points, 4 steals); vs. Smoky Hill (22 points); vs. Overland (31 points, 3 assists, 3 steals); vs. Vista PEAK PREP (13 points, 4 assists); vs. Aurora Central (21 points); vs. Gateway (30 points, 6 rebounds); vs. Eaglecrest (25 points, 3 steals)