For all the flashy drives to the basket and long-range 3-pointers Douglass point guard Stephen Clark has made in his career, he made history with a free throw.
When he hit a shot from the line midway through the third quarter, Clark became the eighth boys basketball player in state history to score 3,000 career points, making for a special senior night at Douglass on Friday.
Clark finished with 19 points, as did teammate DeAngelo Smith, in an 80-66 win over Northeast.
“It means a lot, just another stepping stone for what I've done in my career at Douglass, and hopefully I can continue it at Oklahoma State next year,” Clark said.
Clark made five 3-pointers, Smith hit four, and Deondre Clark added 15 points inside as Class 4A No. 2 Douglass improved to 19-3.
The Trojans built their lead to 20 points in the fourth quarter. Northeast, ranked No. 1 in 2A, fought back within 10, but couldn't close the gap any farther. Northeast was led by Deshawn Watson with 18 points.
Douglass closes the regular season at Northwest Classen on Tuesday before heading into the playoffs next week, when it will begin the quest for a fourth straight championship.
Here are the current all-time scoring leaders in state history: Rotnei Clark, Verdigris, 3,758; Keiton Page, Pawnee, 3,709; Ty Harman, Maud, 3,639; Kelenna Azubuike, Victory Christian, 3,530; Dalen Qualls, Stratford, 3,290; Lane Adams, Red Oak, 3,251; Kenneth Johnson, Grandfield, 3,191; Stephen Clark, Douglass, 3,007.
COOPER HELPS CAPITOL HILL SEAL WIN
Junior Ryan Cooper scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as Capitol Hill pulled away for a 68-54 win over Northwest Classen.