by Aaron Garcia
Sun Valley senior boys basketball player Shaun Stewart entered the Spartans’ Feb. 3 contest against Weddington 26 points shy of the school’s all-time career scoring mark of 1,700 points, set in 2006 by Brandon Sheppard.
In the fourth quarter of the game, Stewart converted a layup to match the total, and finished the game with 30 points, setting the new mark at 1,704 points.
Sun Valley coach Keith Mason said the accomplishment has put Stewart’s already-strong career into perspective.
“It’s crazy because when I (see reports) about kids scoring their 1,000th point and how big that is for their careers, and I look back at Shaun with (more than) 1,700 and going, and I look back and say, ‘My goodness, that’s a lot of points,’” said Mason of Stewart, the Spartans’ four-year starting point guard.
“When I look back at the four years, it doesn’t quite seem like he’s got that many points because it’s effortless (for him),” Mason continued. “It almost comes easy for him – not in a cocky way or anything like that, but his baskets aren’t forced. You’d never think he was hogging the basketball. It’s just amazing the impact he has on the game.”
Mason added that Stewart hasn’t fixated on the milestone, either before it was reached or since it was set. The coach also admitted that since the team is preparing for the postseason, which begins next week, it might take some time to truly digest Stewart’s accomplishment.
“It might take me some time to really realize how great of a player he turned out to be in getting that many points,” said Mason. “Right now it just seems like that’s what he does and that’s what we do.”
Stewart will have a chance to add to his total on Friday, Feb. 10, when the Spartans close out their regular season by hosting Porter Ridge.