For three quarters, C.A. Johnson senior Peter Goodman was the invisible man, not the guy who led the Green Hornets in scoring during the regular season.
But the star reappeared in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s Region 3-1A tiebreaker with Great Falls at Camden, scoring all 11 of his points in the final 5:38 to lead C.A. Johnson to a 65-56 win.
The reward is the region’s No. 1 playoff seed and home-court advantage through at least the first two rounds of postseason play.
The Green Hornets (14-9) have a first-round game Thursday against either Wagener-Salley or Blackville-Hilda.
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“I kept telling Peter to stay patient, that his time would come,” C.A. Johnson coach Daryl Jarvis said. “And when it came, it was the Peter Goodman Show.
“That’s not to say we’re a one-man team or anything, because we had a lot of great performances tonight. But our players know who to look for when the game is on the line.”
Usually, the go-to men are Goodman or Michael Knox. This time, Goodman came up large.
The 6-foot-5 wing guard ignited a decisive 20-12 run with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and followed with a rebound and a coast-to-coast drive for two points and a 50-44 lead 33 seconds later.
Great Falls could not cut the deficit below five the rest of the way.
“We came in with a lot of determination,” said Goodman. “I expect to get a lot of attention from the teams we play, but it’s always a team effort with us. The bottom line is winning the game not how many points anybody scores.”
Knox was the top gun with 15 points. Bre’ondre Johnson had 13 points, Goodman and William Tobe each had 10.
Tobe’s score off an offensive rebound at 4:30 of the third quarter broke a 29-29 tie. C.A. Johnson would not trail after that point.
Nate Nelson’s six third-quarter points sparked a 19-12 move that wiped out Great Falls’ 27-24 halftime lead.
The Green Hornets have not been a No. 1 seed since 2010.
“Beating a team with the tradition of a Great Falls is the kind of hump a team needs to get over to prove something to itself,” said Jarvis.
“I’m so proud of these guys because they’ve been so resilient with all the problems we’ve had to face this season. Getting this win tells me the guys are ready to do something big. We got the seed and the home games. Now, we have to go out and take advantage of what we earned.”
Great Falls (17-5) is back in the postseason swing after missing the cut for the first time in 23 years last season after winning back-to-back championships.
Mardre Dean led the Red Devils with 22 points, and Jamarcus Culp had 19.