Athlete of the Week: Monty Johal, Glendale

“Today’s my birthday, so we’ll probably just go get dinner or something,” Johal said.

A birthday is reason enough to celebrate, but there was more in store for Johal on his big day.

“It’s a pretty good 18th birthday present for him, so it’ll be something he’ll remember the rest of his life for sure,” said coach McTague.

On Tuesday, Glendale’s Monty Johal took the court needing three points to break Dorial Green-Beckham’s city scoring record.

Monty said, “I was really just going with the flow of the offense.”

And with his second bucket, the throne was his.

“Personally it’s just a really good feeling, and I’m honored to have broken his record,” said Johal.

“I thought he was just okay tonight, and then I looked at the stat sheet, and he’s got 41. That’s just Monty,” said McTague.

He didn’t just break the record. He crushed it. And, he still has the second half of the season to go.

Monty said, “It’s honestly a blessing. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches throughout the years. Especially my teammates, all the years they’ve been giving me the ball and just trusting me.”

“You hope they’re watching, you hope they’re paying attention every day, and seeing what a kid can do when he works hard,” said McTague.