Basketballer shoots record score
IT is a NSW point-scoring record for an individual basketballer and possibly even a national record.
Ballina Breakers’ shooting guard James Whitby notched up an incredible 111 points in the game against Armidale Lions on Sunday during his team’s 163-43 win.
His once-in-a-lifetime points haul was so big, Armidale basketball officials ran out of space when recording Whitby’s tally on the score sheet.
Whitby wanted 68 points from the game to give him the State League’s season pointscoring title for the second straight year.
He smashed that goal with one quarter to go.
“I scored over 50 points against Armidale last year and I didn’t think it would happen again,” Whitby said.
Ballina Breakers coach Marty Smith thought his charge was on the verge of creating history at the halftime break when he had notched 44 points.
“His energy was endless,” Smith said.
“He pushed himself hard.
"There were a lot of high fives afterwards.”
On Sunday, Whitby will leave for the US to play in his second stint with the Allan Hancock Junior College outfit in California.
Whitby’s points haul puts him in elite company.
The website http://www.lucky show.org/basketball/100pts lists Charles Dickerson of Highfields Highlanders as Australia’s previous highest scorer in a single match – 108 points against Tenterfield Terriers last October.