Milestone night for McIntosh hoops

Milestone night for McIntosh hoops

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With parents Elliott and Kelly and coach Jason Eisele, Jordan Lyons became McIntosh High School’s all-time leading scorer Tuesday night with over 2,000 points. (Staff photos by Christopher Dunn)
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Will Washington was also honored for topping 1,000 career points.

It was a night of milestones Tuesday at McIntosh High School as the boys basketball team celebrated two huge achievements by a pair of four-year starters. Before the game, point guard Will Washington was lauded for breaking the 1,000 career point plateau in a previous game. Late in the first half against Union Grove, Jordan Lyons passed the 2.000 point mark, and then, on his first shot of the second half, he became the school’s all-time leading scorer.
It is a real achievement for a pass-first point guard like Washington who creates for his teammates first to hit such a mark.
“He’s such an unselfish player. He could be right there with Jordan possibly, if he was selfish,” said their coach, Jason Eisele. “A lot of those points that Jordan’s scored over the last four years have been a result of a Will Washington pass.”
Lyons is quick to credit him as well.
“I can’t thank my point guard enough for all the assists he’s given me,” said Lyons.
Lyons took his place in McIntosh history in style. Coming into the game, he needed 19 points to take the top spot. He scored 17 points in the first half alone, sinking 5 3-pointers. The record breaker came on his first shot of the second half, another three.
“To be able to break the 2,000 point mark when we have 11 regular season games to go, that’s unheard of,” said Eisele.
Along the way, Lyons passed Jeff Sheppard, the 1993 Gatorade Georgia Boys Basketball Player of the Year and the 1998 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player while at the University of Kentucky, as the boys all-time leader, then Gabby Seiler for the overall school mark.
“Really, it’s a blessing. I’m just really fortunate to be able to have this experience and go through it with my teammates and my coaches. I couldn’t have done it without them,” said Lyons.
It likely will not be long before another member of their senior class hits his mark. Three-year starter Dishon Lowery should pass 1,000 career points by the end of the year, along with claiming the school record for rebounds.
“For a big man to be able to get 1,000 points in three years is tough,” said Eisele. “Luckily, these guys like playing together and sharing the ball.”
The three are part of a tremendous core of players that have the Chiefs at 12-2 with visions of another region championship and a shot at a state title. At the rate they’re going, they will leave a totally rewritten record book behind at McIntosh.

Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.