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Patriots’ Clark scores 1,000th point setting BD scoring record

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KERRY HAMILTON SMITH

BD earns victories over Addison, Jefferson, Rudolf Steiner
 
The Britton Deerfield boys basketball game last Tuesday was thrilling on two levels — they won in overtime against Addison and the team had its first 1000-point scorer. The Patriots also beat Jefferson later in the week as well Rudolf Steiner on Monday.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19 BD took on Addison on the road, beating them 77-71 in overtime. During the game, Patriot senior Zac Clark scored his 1,000th point, the first in the combined school districts’ history to record such a feat.

Clark went into the game knowing he needed 12 points. He struggled to make buckets for much of the game. “I was trying a little too hard,” he said. With BD trailing, he hit a three-pointer — and the record — with 20 seconds left in the game. “It came naturally. I knew it was in,” Clark said. He had no time to celebrate as he hustled back on defense; no timeout was called, When the game stopped, the Addison PA announcer congratulated Clark and told those present of his accomplishment.

In the overtime stanza, the Patriots outscored the Panthers by six for the victory.

“The guys never gave up and just kept playing hard,” Coach Darren Shiels said. “Even down 10 with 1:47 to go in the game, they just kept working together and the guys stepped up and made some big shots.”

Dillion Sharp, Clark, Cole Shiels, and Nico Johnson all made big shots in the final two minutes. Johnson hit a runner at the buzzer to send it to overtime. The team took its first lead of the game on a free throw from Shiels in overtime. Shiels was 80 percent from the charity stripe, going 8-10 in overtime to help hold off the Panthers.

Shiels was high scorer of the game with 23 points. Johnson scored 15, and Clark had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sharp and Jacob Delmotte each scored 10.

After the game, BD fans raised a banner in Clark’s honor. It read, “Zac Clark, Congrats Mr. 1000.” “It was nice,” Clark said of the accolades he received from teammates, coaches and fans.

Clark knew he needed over 300 points this season to make the 1,000 point mark. “I’ve had it as a goal since I came up as a freshman,” he said. Clark hasn’t decided where he’ll go to college yet. “I have some options.”

At their game on the road against Jefferson on Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Patriots won the game, 58-49. BD came out hot in the first quarter, outscoring Jefferson by six points. Jefferson cut the lead to three going into halftime. Both teams scored 20 in the third quarter, but the Patriots made clutch shots in the fourth stanza, outscoring their opponents by six for a nine-point victory.

Delmotte and Clark both had double-doubles. Both scored 12 points and Delmotte had as many rebounds, while Clark pulled down 11. Johnson knocked in 11 points and Shiels chipped in 10.

The Patriots hosted Rudolf Steiner (RS) in a non-conference game on Monday, Feb. 25, beating them 50-30. RS outscored the Patriots in the first quarter, 14-10, but after that, it was all BD. The Patriots held RS to four points in the second quarter and only two in the third. They came back in the fourth quarter to score 10 points, but BD doubled that with 20 for the lopsided victory.

Clark led all scorers with 19 points. In his double-double effort, he also had 13 rebounds. Delmotte was one point shy of a double-double; he had nine points and 13 rebounds. Shiels also scored nine points.
 

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