Spanish Springs (Sparks) junior forward Brandon Delong
matched the Nevada state record for most free throws made in a game without a miss in the Cougars' 64-46 upset win over Douglas (Minden) on Jan. 25.
Delong went 24-for-24 at the line, matching the mark set by Virginia City's Bob Gallagher in 1972. Delong's performance is tied for No. 2 all-time for the most free throws made in a game, trailing Darin Weyer of Gabbs, who went 27-for-32 against Gerlach in 1983. Lincoln County (Panaca) standout Dantley Walker
was 24-for-27 against West Wendover in 2010.
Delong set a school record with 41 points, including 27 in the first half, against Douglas (16-4).
"The kid came to play, obviously going 24-for-24 from the line," Spanish Springs coach Kyle Penney told the Sparks Tribune. "He was on his game tonight. He cut when he needed to cut and he just knocked shots down. I've never had a kid go for 40 in 10 years of coaching."
Speaking of Walker, the senior became the first player in state history to crack 3,000 career points in a 90-80 loss to Needles (Calif.) on Friday.
Walker, who set the state career scoring record the week before, scored 50 points to go along with nine assists, seven rebounds and six steals. Walker's father, Greg, said UNLV coach Lon Kruger was in attendance.
Walker had 25 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and six steals in a 65-63 setback against Laughlin on Saturday, although he missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer.
Walker now has 3,029 points in his career.David Schoen works at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and is a former Associate Sports Editor and Turn2 columnist for the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune. You can reach him at ByDavid1@aol.com.