Dan Radford scored 47 points on Tuesday night in Angels Camp and set a new all-time Bret Harte High School single-game scoring record.
They’ve been playing basketball at Bret Harte for 103 years. Until Tuesday night, the single-game school record stood at 44 points — a feat accomplished by both Brian Barnett (in 1997) and Brandon Russel (2001).
After three quarters on Tuesday, Radford had 40 points and Bret Harte led Summerville 65-43.
Radford scored off a drive with 7:20 left in the contest. With 6:14 to play, Radford made a steal, drove three-quarters court, hit a layin and tied the all-time scoring record.
With 5:02 left, teammate Jordan King dished a quick cross-court pass to Radford. Then Radford, a 6-foot senior forward, promptly drained a 3-point shot and forever etched his name into Bullfrog lore.
“Somebody on our team had told me I was at 40 and so, in the fourth quarter, I had a feeling I was gonna break the record,” said Radford.
Bret Harte ultimately won this game 80-56.
“I think Dan was pretty excited after he hit that 3-pointer and got the record,” said Bullfrogs head coach Jerry Rucker. “It’s nice to see him get this record because he’s had so many high-scoring games for us. He’s got our school record now and he deserves it. And we needed his points tonight. The Summerville kids, as they always do, came out and battled us.”
“The record feels great,” said Radford. “I’m still kind of in shock. It’ll all probably hit me about 20 minutes after I leave the building and maybe then I’ll be jumping up and down and hollering.”
“Words can’t explain how happy I am for Dan,” said Bret Harte point guard Jordan Gomez who had a game-high seven assists. “I knew this record would go to him eventually.”
“He’s a heck of a player,” said Bears head coach Ben Watson of Radford. “He was feeling it tonight and we just didn’t have an answer for him. He just constantly filled it up. And if he wasn’t filling it up from the outside, he was the last guy on the swing of a fast break or stealing the ball or getting to the free throw line. He did such a great job on offense in so many ways. He had an unbelievable night. Hats off to him. The kid is a heck of an offensive threat.”
Radford canned six treys total and was 11-of-13 from the free throw line.
He scored 13 first-quarter points and Bret Harte led 20-14.
By halftime, Radford had 25 points and Bret Harte’s lead was 41-29.
Bears point guard Josh Johnson took a long inside feed from Joey Brocchini, converted, and Summerville trailed by just eight with 4:21 left in the third quarter.
Then Radford drove, pulled up for a 5-footer and hit it. Teammate Tyler Evans then canned two unanswered 3-point shots and Bret Harte led 57-41.
Radford swished a 3 at the 1:55 mark, then scored off an inside dish from Gomez and Bret Harte was up 62-41.
“This was a tough loss for us,” said Johnson. “Radford is a great player and he got in rhythm and he kept dropping those shots in.”
“Congratulations to Dan for breaking his school record and hats off to him,” said Bears starting guard Colton Ebbers. “He is a very good athlete who shoots off the dribble so well. He deserved every one of those points he scored tonight because he worked and worked all game.”
“I just went out there tonight, felt good, the shots were landing and then it all just kind of happened — one after another was falling,” said Radford. “But the best feeling I have right now is that we’re 10-and-0 as a team — we’re undefeated.”
Bret Harte, 17-4 overall, is currently ranked No. 2 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Power Ratings.
The Bullfrogs 10-0 Mother Lode League record leaves them just one win shy of clinching their first MLL title since 2001. A home win over Argonaut on Friday would ensure Bret Harte of at least a co-championship. Two Bullfrog wins in their final five contests and the championship is all theirs.
“We have a great team,” said Radford. “We have a whole bunch of talent. We practice hard and we play as a team. We’re more than individuals. The team chemistry is strong and everybody has a role on this team.”
“I think tonight is very special for quite a few reasons,” said Gomez. “We’re happy for Dan that he got the record, every single guy on our team made a contribution and, for the first time all season, I felt we played a complete game.”
“We started off this game great, kept playing hard and finally got into the rhythm that we’ve always wanted to get to,” said Bullfrogs starting forward Conor Zumbach who grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, scored five points and had a game-high three steals.
Evans, a junior forward, canned four 3s total and scored 14 points. Teammates Casey Nash and Mace Refai scored four points apiece and Gomez, Rodney Riner and Jordan Bird each scored two.
For Summerville (4-6 MLL, 11-11), Rosendo Amaya-Wood scored a team-high 10 points and grabbed six rebounds, Johnson had nine points, Ebbers eight and Jesse Roberson seven.
Also for Summerville, Kyle McLaurin scored six points and grabbed six boards, Travis Arenas scored five points and Jayson Cardoza and Brocchini scored two apiece.
Summerville now needs to win four of its final five games to keep alive the possibility of a postseason berth.
“Bret Harte came out tonight and got a hold of this game early,” said Watson. “We fought back and made it close and cut it to eight during that third quarter. But when Radford missed a few shots — which wasn’t often — then Evans would catch fire and hit 3s and keep the ball rolling. There was no stopping them tonight.”
“I like the way that everyone on our team keeps working hard all the time,” said Rucker. “For instance, tonight, after we missed a second-quarter free throw, Conor Zumbach hustles, gets an offensive rebound and puts it back in. That’s a big thing.
“Then there’s Jordan King who, night in and night out, gives us a great defensive effort and tonight was no different.
“Casey Nash and Rodney Riner on the post are our two-headed monster. They push around and battle. Sean Hale comes off the bench for us, does a good job and, tonight, takes a key charge.”
“Of course we know that winning on Friday night gets us at least a co-championship,” said Evans. “But we’ve gone so far without losing a league game that we want this title all to ourselves.”
“A win on Friday night would be exciting for our kids, but I think our kids are looking for more,” said Rucker. “We need to keep treating our remaining league games as playoff games so we can keep up our high ranking. And I know our kids want this title all to themselves. They don’t want to share it.”
With a smile, Rucker added, “And there’s nothing wrong with being greedy when it comes to that.”