Curry breaks 3,000-point mark

PITTSBORO, N.C. -- In perhaps his best floor game of the season, JamesOn Curry became the first player in North Carolina history to score 3,000 points in a career with a nifty up and under move early in the fourth quarter.

Curry, who entered the game 27 points shy of the 3000 point mark, finished with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 steals, 3 turnovers and 3 blocked shots for Eastern Alamance en route to an 83-58 win over conference foe (and defending conference champion) Northwood High School.

"Think about being the first 3,000 point scorer in the state of North Carolina for a moment. This is a state that has produced multiple number one draft picks, Michael Jordan, David Thompson, James Worthy, and yet a kid from Pleasant Garden is the first to score 3,000 points," said Eastern Alamance coach John Moon after the game.

"It is an unbelievable accomplishment."

It is fitting that such a personal landmark came in Eastern Alamance's best played game of the season. The Eagles, who for three seasons have been categorized as a one man show, now feature a backcourt of Curry, his cousin Kevin Graves (who is becoming quite a finisher), and 5-7 PG Breon Lewis in addition to a much improved pantheon of post players lead by senior Nick Thompson.

Lewis in particular draws rave reviews from coaches, teammates, and fans via a collection of dribbling prowess and court vision that would certainly draw Division I interest were he five inches taller.

"We have some great players, and you start appreciating it more and more. You realize that they make you better every night, and like tonight I'm taking advantage of it," Curry said.

The game was blown wide open late in the third quarter despite a shooting performance from Curry that was tepid until the final period. The crucial stretch included a span of ball movement that had Moon hailing the performance as his team's best of the season.

"I think it was our best game of the year. We had a pretty tough practice yesterday, it was pretty intense, and I thought we played with that intensity from the get go. We controlled the tempo offensively and defensively, and the post players came to play. There were some great passes made into there as well," he said after the win.

Curry, who had an uncharacteristically poor night at the free throw line (7-11), attributed that fact to his brutal workout schedule.

"I was working out at five this morning, and didn't have my usual legs," he said. "I was shooting 84 percent coming into the gane, so I guess I'll have to work to get it back up to that point."

The 6-3 Curry, who has long been seen as extremely skinny for the ACC, has added noticeable mass to his upper body and the early morning workouts are at least in part responsible.

"He goes over to the YMCA in the mornings and works out," Moon commented with a shrug. "He works on his ballhandling especially, but he just works on every facet of his game. He's just the consummate player."

Eastern continues its season tomorrow night with a game at nearby Graham, which was rescheduled due to last week's winter weather. As always, Inside Carolina will be there to bring you full coverage.

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