Manlius It only took John Schurman 16 minutes and 23 seconds to score the 22 points he needed to become the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team's all-time leading scorer during the Hornets' 83-56 win over Hilton on Saturday night.
With 7:37 left in the third quarter, Schurman caught a pass on the right wing, ball- faked the defender and drove to the basketball for a layup. The ball spun for a few milliseconds inside the rim, but finally fell for his 1,368th career point, breaking Jason Osier’s school record of 1,367 points.
According to Schurman, it was a culmination of four years of hard work and thousands and thousands of shots in practice.
“It’s something you work for your entire life, and it really is an honor to call myself my school’s all-time leading scorer,” Schurman said. “It gives me chills just thinking about it.
"When people say it’s something you think about (or) dream about, it really is,” he added. "It’s an honor, it’s a privilege to put on the uniform and now to be number one. It’s an unreal feeling.”
After one quarter, Schurman said he was pretty confident he’d break the record after converting an early 3-pointer and ending the period with a steal and break-away dunk to put his team up 27-11 over Hilton.
Head coach Tom Blackford didn’t even need one quarter to believe Schurman would get the record in this game.
“There was no question in my mind he was going to do it tonight,” he said. “It doesn’t shock me at all that he can make those shots under pressure. He’s been under pressure for about two weeks about breaking the school record."
Going into halftime, Schurman already had 20 points, and needed only two more to break the record. Blackford told Schurman the team would get him the ball early in the quarter, but won’t run any plays for him. Blackford said he wanted Schurman to earn those points the best way he could.