North guard sets county mark in points in win

Published 3:33 pm Monday, February 4, 2019

The records continue to fall this season for North Stanly senior guard Bryson Childress. After setting his school’s record for most career points earlier this season, Friday’s efforts broke the county record for most career points for a men’s basketball player.

Childress poured in 34 points in the Comets’ 81-47 win Friday at Uwharrie Charter, giving him 1,886 points and the new county record. He broke the record of South Stanly’s Jacob Noble of 1,876 set in 1996. This season, Childress has averaged 26.3 points per game, having scored 20 or more points 10 times and 30 or more five times. His highest total this season was 38 in a home win over South Davidson on Dec. 7, 2018.

In Friday’s win, Childress connected three times on 3-pointers, made six baskets and was 13-of-14 at the free-throw line.

“It really means a lot and it’s an honor to be able to hold that record with some of the great players to come through this county. I’ve been so blessed with great teammates and a family that’s helped me through my highs and lows,” Childress said about breaking the record.

“Coach Bobby Lutz told our AAU team this summer while coaching, ‘Sometimes me, sometimes you, always us.’ This is something I have really kept in mind while achieving some of these records. It’s a great personal achievement, but It couldn’t of been done without all of the support I have had from the guys I’ve played with over the years. It’s always been a team effort with me scoring the ball; I couldn’t of done it without them.”

Nalik Veasley added 21 points for the Comets (10-8, 7-4 YVC), while Carson Lowder scored 15.

Paul Childress, Bryson’s coach and father, said he has “been blessed to get to develop a unique perspective in dealing with kids.” He noted individual honors are a reflection of the teams Bryson played on as a whole, adding he “has been blessed with a lot of good teammates, friends and coaches over the past four years.”

Coach Childress also thanked God for “the gifts that he has given to Bryson and all the kids that participate in sports. We are just as thankful for the strength that God also gives these kids that gives them the ability to put themselves out there to compete in front of the public.”

The North coach said before any player gets to the high points like setting a record there have been a lot of lows as well, but he is “so thankful for the toughness and strength that God gives to him and all of these kids that allows them to grow as they play high school athletics.”

Regrading Bryson’s career, Coach Childress said it’s “been a fun four years for Bryson and his teammates; we will see if we can make a really strong push as we come down the stretch this year.”

North Stanly has a number of team goals heading into the final two weeks of the season, Coach Childress said, adding that as the state tournament comes around, the team wants to focus on those goals.

“We will have a lot of good teams that we will have to compete against but really think we are figuring some things out here at the right time of the season.”

The Comets play at the YVC’s second-place team, South Stanly, Tuesday night.

NS 21 27 24 9 81
UC 10 9 19 9 47

NS – Bryson Childress 34, Nalik Veasley 21, Carson Lowder 15, Hunt 3, Hogan 3, Clark 2, Watkins 2, Poole 1.
UC – Garrett McCollum 13, Dalon Arrington 13, Christian 9, Fordham 6, Glover 2, Little 2, Williams 2.B

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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