(YAHOO!) Of all the strange statistical blips that come across the national radar, few can be more odd than this: On Saturday, a high school basketball player in Minnesota scored an astounding 71 points in a game … and his team still lost.
As reported by the Duluth News Tribune and a handful of other Minnesota sources, Lakeview (Minn.) Christian Academy junior standout Anders Broman scored 71 points in his team’s 114-110 loss to Melrose (Minn.) High, a total that marked the second-highest single game total by an individual player in state history.
“It was a bittersweet game,” Broman told the News Tribune of the loss. “I made a couple 3s to start the half, so I started feeling it. It felt like everything I shot would go in. I love when those days happen.”
How good was Broman? He shot an incredible 67 percent in the game and scored 47 of his points during his team’s furious second half comeback from a 16-point halftime deficit. He hit six of his eight three-pointers in that stretch as well.
That Broman would provide the strongest offensive push comes as no huge surprise. The junior phenom became the youngest player in Minnesota history to reach 3,000 career points earlier in the 2011-12 season, and the 6-foot-1 guard is reportedly being recruited by the likes of Virginia Tech, Northwestern and San Diego State, among other schools.
Anders Broman: first half of high school junior season ’11-’12