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Porter breaks scoring record

Friday, March 18, 2011

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Scott County Central's Otto Porter puts up a shot in a Class 1 semifinal game on Thursday afternoon at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Chris Pobst, Staff
COLUMBIA -- Lost in the wake of the Scott Central's 78-42 thrashing of Jefferson in Thursday's Class 1 semifinal game at Mizzou Arena was a remarkable achievement by the Braves' incomparable senior Otto Porter.

Coming into Thursday's contest, Porter needed just 31 points to break the all-time Show-Me Showdown scoring record of 161 points, held by CBC's Gary Garrison from 1958-60.

With 6:09 to play in the third quarter, Porter scored his 32nd point to break a 51-year-old record that not even former stars such as Tyler Hansbrough, Jimmy McKinney, Cookie Belcher and Marcus Timmons could approach.

Porter finished the game with 34 points and currently sits at 164 points at the Showdown. He can add to his new record in the state championship game tomorrow when they play Dadeville.

"For a kid to have the opportunity to do that, it's really a great accomplishment for him and his family," Scott Central coach Kenyon Wright said. "It shows the kind of work ethic that he's put in with his time at Scott Central. I didn't even know about it until the other day right before the final four. One of my buddies texted me and told me about it. I had no clue. It never even crossed my mind. He's really been something. He's definitely one of those kids that comes through once in a lifetime."

Like his coach, the always-humble Porter said he wasn't even aware that he was closing in on the record.

"I didn't even know -- I'm shocked," Porter said. "It's exciting but I was just trying to get the 'W' out there. It means a lot. I just put in a lot of time to try to help this team and try to lead it to the championship. We just want the championship real bad."