Despite playing just 22 minutes, St. Joseph High School boys basketball star Karl Towns poured in 24 points and hauled in 12 rebounds to lead the Falcons (27-4) past Atlantic City 63-49 in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions semifinals Friday night at Monmouth University.
Towns picked up two quick fouls in the opening quarter, forcing St. Joseph head coach Dave Turco to protect his 7-footer by subbing him out when the Falcons were on defense and re-inserting him when the Non Public A champions were on offense.
“Obviously we have a trump card; we have something nobody else has in Karl,” Turco said. “He gives us a huge advantage, but we feed off of the amount of attention he draws.”
The sophomore center who has already committed to play at the University of Kentucky, made 10 of 16 shots from the field and knocked down 4 of 5 free throws, but he knew that he needed to remain poised and focused on working down low and not hanging out around the 3-point line.