Rockville’s Tyler Johnson Just Misses Milestone

By Tim Jensen

In high school basketball, reaching the 1,000 point plateau is symbolic of a great career, with an inscribed game ball usually presented to the player in commemoration of the feat.

At Rockville High School, a season full of emotion and adversity also had an interesting sub-plot: did Tyler Johnson hit the 1,000 point mark or not?

The standout senior netted more than 900 points over the past three seasons, leading the Rams in scoring this year, and was named to the All-CCC East team for the first time.

Questions arose whether Johnson had in fact scored 1,000 points because the scorebooks from 2011-12, his freshman year, were missing. He played on the freshman and junior varsity teams that season, and eventually saw action in a number of varsity contests.

Finally, after this season ended, the missing statistics were located, and it turned out Johnson was about 30 points shy of the coveted milestone.

Rather than expressing disappointment about his personal achievement, Johnson spoke about how the team pulled together following the January death of teammate Rahiem Huff.

“I loved the camaraderie between my teammates and the coaches, we all kind of jelled together this year and formed some bonds that we’ll always have,” he said. “We stayed close, made sure we stayed in contact with each other and supported each other.”

Rockville had a 4-5 record after nine games, but a nine-game losing streak immediately following Huff’s death took them out of contention for a second straight Class L state tournament bid.

The Rams did win their final two games at home, including an 87-54 trouncing of Fermi in which Johnson poured in 30 points. Rockville ended the season on a high note, knocking off neighboring Ellington in the finale, 76-68.

Johnson made just one appearance in the state tournament, in his junior year when senior transfer Tarchee Brown, now excelling at Eastern Connecticut State University, led the Rams to a 14-6 record. The team put up a valiant fight before falling in the opening round to Maloney, 64-60.

“The goal when I first came into the school was to make it to the state tournament, and we did,” he said.

His high school career may be done, but his basketball days are far from over. He will be attending and playing basketball at Western New England University in Springfield, MA next fall.

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