SALT LAKE CITY — Hawaii senior Gibson Johnson, who is from Centerville and is a graduate of Viewmont High School, fulfilled his dream of playing a college game in the Huntsman Center.
Saturday’s 80-60 loss to Utah, though, didn’t go according to a script he would have preferred. The forward scored five points (on 2-of-10 shooting) and grabbed five rebounds in the setback.
“I’m not going to lie. It was a letdown. I didn’t play how I wanted to. I got a lot of the shots I wanted to, they just weren’t falling,” Johnson said. “But I was able to get some other things going with charges and some rebounds.”
Johnson credited the Utes with playing a good game.
“I was really looking forward to it,” he added. “I wish I would have played better.”
A crowd of 40-50 family members and friends were on hand to support Johnson in his return to Utah.
“It was good to see everybody,” Johnson said. “Being in Hawaii, I don’t really have the opportunity to see anybody.”
The game was also a reunion, of sorts, for Johnson and Utah’s Tyler Rawson. They helped Salt Lake Community College win the national championship in 2016. Rawson finished Saturday’s game with four points and nine rebounds.
Former Bingham High star Samuta Avae, who led the Miners to a state championship before moving to Hawaii for his senior year, finished with six points in 11 minutes of action.