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Riley's Damezi Anderson becomes South Bend's all-time scoring leader in boys basketball

Damezi Anderson dribbles up the court during a February 1, 2018 game at Penn High School. Anderson became the South Bend city all-time scoring leader in boys basketball that night // WSBT 22 Photo

With little fanfare, one of the oldest and most prestigious records in northern Indiana basketball fell last week.

South Bend Riley senior Damezi Anderson became the all-time leading scorer in South Bend boys basketball history, with 1,771 points and counting.

"Its a great feeling," Anderson says. "I'm glad to be on that list now. It just motivates me to keep working harder so I can be one of the greats one day. "

"Its a tribute to all his work over the years," says Riley basketball coach Eric Brand.

"Its not a 'this season' award or anything like that. Its something he's worked on since 7th, 8th grade. Probably even younger."

In the 3rd quarter of Riley's game at Penn High School last Thursday night, Anderson pulled up in transition and hit a 15-foot jump shot. That basket gave him his 12th and 13th points of the night, and unbeknownst to anyone in the gym at the time, put him at 1,771 for his career, surpassing Jim Webb's mark of 1,769, set in 1973.

Prior to Thursday's game, South Bend Riley officials believed Anderson was 25-points shy of the scoring record. WSBT 22 learned that a review of his career point totals over the weekend by school officials revealed a miscalculation, and his 13 points scored at Penn allowed him to pass Webb's mark by two points and into the all-time city lead.

Seabe Gavin, District Director of Athletics for the South Bend School Corporation confirms the totals to WSBT 22.

"I was kind of surprised when I found out today," Anderson told WSBT 22 on Monday.

Anderson's career point total eclipses a record that stood for 45 years.

He is currently 163 points shy of the all-time St. Joseph County scoring record, set in 2013 by Mishawaka Marian's Demetrius Jackson (1,934 points)





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