West High senior point guard Kenneth Daye joined an exclusive club on Friday night in the Wolf Pack basketball team’s 78-33 win over McNair in Steve Thornton Gymnasium.
The shot from the middle of the key 29 seconds into the third quarter put Daye's scoring total at 1,000 points since he started playing varsity basketball at West in the 2011-12 season, his sophomore year. Daye is also West’s all-time leader in assists, setting that record earlier in the season.
Daye said he hadn’t considered the possibility of reaching the 1,000-point mark until well into the season when coach Derek Sprecksel told him that the milestone was within his reach.
“It’s an honor to be in this position,” Daye said. “It’s just a blessing from God, and I thank God that he’s doing this for me. Me just practicing every day is going to help me become better and better.”
Daye scored 18 points in the first half of Friday’s game to lead the Pack (16-7, 5-1 Tri-City Athletic League) to a 56-18 lead over McNair (1-20, 0-6 TCAL) at the break.
His teammates got the ball to him for a shot 10 seconds into the half, and again to set up a shot on the right side. Daye had to scramble to the middle to get an open look. The ball went right through the net to bring Daye to 22 points for the night.
Sprecksel took him out after that and put in the backup players to finish the game.
“K.J. stayed to get those four points and then came out,” Sprecksel said. “We wanted him to get that at home because we’re on the road all next week.”
Leading scorers for West on Friday also included senior Anthony Ross with 15 points, and junior Elijah Tuando and senior Alvin Crenshaw with 10 each.
West plays at Tokay High in Lodi on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at St. Mary’s in Stockton on Friday, Feb. 7, in games that will determine who will lead the TCAL.
Daye is the third West player to reach 1,000 points after Chad Hagedorn, class of 1999, and E.J. Savoy, class of 2001. Former West basketball coach Steve Thornton said Hagedorn holds the record, but the exact point total, which Thornton estimates at more than 1,170, can’t be confirmed until he and Sprecksel can find some missing scorebooks from those seasons.
Sprecksel added that Daye also holds the school record for assists, beating the old record of 304 assists earlier this season. As of West’s Jan. 24 win over Edison, Daye had 307 assists, according to statistics reported on MaxPreps.com. Sprecksel said that Daye’s total will be more than that after all of the statistics from the season, including numbers from games prior to the Edison game, are compiled.
“It’s a very rare accomplishment, especially because to score that many points in a career and have the assists crown, that’s not going to happen again,” Sprecksel said.
Daye said that scoring and assists go together. While he is West’s scoring leader with 18.9 points-per game on average, teammate Alvin Crenshaw is close behind with 15.9 points per-game.
“I can trust my teammates in any game,” Daye said. “Once we get our fast break it’s easy for me to distribute the ball and that’s what I do.”
Tracy 71, Franklin 39
The Tracy High Bulldogs and Franklin Yellow Jackets played a close first half, with Tracy up 25-24 at the half in Stockton on Friday.
Tracy (11-9, 3-3 San Joaquin Athletic Association) rallied to outscore Franklin (1-21, 0-6 SJAA) 27-7 in the third quarter and kept up the momentum through the fourth.
Senior Josh Brakkee scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds, junior Druce Asah scored 15 and junior Khareym Watson scored 13.
Lathrop 70, Kimball 54
The Lathrop Spartans outscored the Kimball Jaguars 36-27 in the first half of Friday’s Valley Oak League game in Lathrop. The Jaguars (14-7, 4-5 VOL) kept up the pace with Lathrop (12-9, 5-4 VOL) in the third quarter before the Spartans extended their lead in the fourth.
Senior Bryer Peet led the Jaguar offense with 17 points, senior J.D. Schmidt scored 11 and senior Ben Juarez scored eight.
The outcome puts the Jaguars at a disadvantage in the race for playoffs. Going into Friday’s game Kimball, Lathrop and Manteca were in a three-way tie for third place in the VOL, behind Sierra and Weston Ranch. The top three teams go to the post season.
Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage 60, Millennium 50
The Millennium High Falcons (7-13, 2-3 Central California Athletic Alliance) traveled to San Andrea for a 60-50 loss to Sierra Ridge/ROP (6-5, 3-2 CCAA) on Friday. Senior Derritt Scarver led the Falcon offense with 14 points, senior Marques Shanks scored 13 and junior Isaiah Williams scored 12.
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