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Chris Clemons’ 40 points for Millbrook sparks memories of another big game

Millbrook's Chris Clemons  drives the lane for a layup past Panther Creek’s  Malachi Paige  last year. Clemson set a Millbrook scoring record this week.
Millbrook's Chris Clemons drives the lane for a layup past Panther Creek’s Malachi Paige last year. Clemson set a Millbrook scoring record this week. newsobserver.com

Chris Clemons asked to return to the court Tuesday night after he learned that he had scored 38 points.

He knew he needed 40 to set the school record.

Millbrook coach Scott McInnes subbed Clemons back in and he quickly got his final two points in a 74-46 Cap Eight 4A Conference victory over Leesville Road and the school record, or at least a share of the record.

“I really wanted the record,” Clemons said. “It is such a prestigious record. It is a great honor.”

McInnes has been trying to verify school records and the highest point total he has found was 39 points in a game by Anton Gill in 1990.

But once Clemons’ accomplishment hit social media, though, there were reports of another Millbrook player scoring 40 in a game during the 1966-67 season.

“I’d love to meet him,” McInnes said. “That would have been quite a game. We just don’t have a record of it.”

He will soon.

Roy Wetherington has the newspaper clippings from his 40-point game, a 75-74 loss to Wake Forest during the 1966-67 season.

“We were the last graduating class in the old Millbrook school. Maybe they are just counting records after that, but I’ve been proud to have the record. It’s 48 years,” Wetherington said.

“I’m just getting started on this computer stuff. When I saw the news about 40 points, I thought I should mention my game.”

Wetherington recalls some details of the game and has the clippings his mother preserved. He believes he made 19 of 21 shots that night and two of three free throws, but doesn’t have a written record of his stats.

“Wake Forest went undefeated in the conference that year,” Wetherington said. “Wake Forest was by far the best team in the league. Its best player was John Byrne, the mayor over in Fuquay. He got 60 in a game the next year.”

Wetherington said he is proud of his 40-point game, and he has been impressed with Clemons and the current Millbrook team.

“I go to the Millbrook games,” Wetherington said. “Clemons is quite a player. Of course all of them are. They are all better than anyone we had.”

Like Wetherington, Clemons said he had no idea that he was scoring more than half of the Wildcats’ points.

“I didn’t think I was shooting that much,” Clemons said. “I knew I was getting to the line a lot (14 made free throws) and I hit some beyond the arc.”

Millbrook leads the area in scoring, averaging almost 90 points per game, but the team wasn’t shooting as well against Leesville as it had in two previous games when the Wildcats topped 100 points.

The 40 points is Clemons’ first school record, but he has a chance at the Millbrook single-season scoring mark if the Wildcats make a solid post-season run.

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