Shooting Guard Ian Boyd recently passed Jerry Stackhouse on the basketball scoring list in North Carolina in a huge win against Middle Creek. During the game on Feb. 11, Ian passed the 2,000-point mark, and the game was paused upon his record breaking score. Ian was given a ball to recognize his accomplishment. He then went on to give the ball to his mother; he explained that she was the first person he thought of to give the ball to.
Now that Ian’s high school career is ending, he went on to talk about what is to come in college. “I committed to George Mason because they made me feel like I would be a big part of the team,” said Boyd. “The other college tours were fun, but I didn’t feel like I would have the best opportunity for success at other schools.” GM is the best option for him because it is a division one school, and he will likely have a starting role as a shooting guard; GM expects Boyd to impact the team from his first year.
Although the point record is a big deal, it is also a small accomplishment compared to the success Boyd seeks in college. Boyd has been a big part of Apex since freshman year and was predicted to break the record this season after hitting 1,761 career points in a previous contest against Middle Creek where Apex went on to lose 70-68 in overtime. Apex will have another contest against Cary on Friday, Feb. 19. Cary won their last meeting on a buzzer-beater in overtime. Now that the two teams advanced in Wednesday’s semifinals, the stakes will be even higher, and Boyd will look to impact his team in a collective effort to make a championship drive. With Apex’s success, there came disappointment on the other side. “This is basically as down as I’ve ever been as a coach. We did exactly the opposite of what we talked about, and that’s frustrating for a coach. But I’m happy for Ian Boyd. He’s been an outstanding player, and from my experiences, a better person,” explained Middle Creek coach David Kushner to The News & Observer.
Boyd plans to return to Apex during and after college to continue to impact the admired basketball environment he has contributed to. He also looks at possibly breaking a rebound record. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, Apex beat Holly Springs 80-66 in a collective effort that contributed to Boyd’s increasing record run.
Apex has had a successful year, and Boyd’s teammates and coaches deserve recognition just as much as he does; their wins have been collective efforts from everyone on the team. “If it’s Cary, I think my guys will be fired up about another opportunity,” Coach Neal said. “Those guys have had a heck of a year. If they’re [Cary] there, they’re going to be sitting at 26-0, and they’re our rival, so we don’t like to see that zero in the loss column when they’ve gone through us twice.” The players and fans are fired up for the matchup and hoping Apex will be able to make another championship run after their 4A state championship win against Lake Norman in 2014.