Taylor passes Layne to become BIC's all-time leading scorer
There is an old saying, "Records are meant to be broken." But when Chip Layne poured in 3,316 career points from 1990-1993 during his career at Buffalo Island Central, it was one record that seemed to be as safe as Pistol Pete Maravich's NCAA career scoring mark which has stood for over 40 years.
It took only 13 years, though, for another Mustang product to come along and eclipse Layne's seemingly untouchable record as current BIC standout Brooks Taylor passed the former Mustang great when he completed a four point play in the first quarter of BIC's 75-66 non-conference win at Armorel Tuesday night.
Taylor went on to score 42 points as BIC improved to 28-4 on the season heading into next week's Senior High District Tournament at Marmaduke.
"It was great," said Taylor. "I always wanted to break that record. It was always in the back of my mind. But I want the record to be broken again, because that will mean we (BIC) will have good players coming up for my Dad. "I have a lot of respect for Chip, who is married to my cousin. We have talked about it a lot. Chip wanted someone to break that record. I think he's glad it was me if anyone was going to do it. I'm glad it was me, too. But we have to get ready for the District Tournament now and put that behind us."
Taylor nailed 17-20 free throws on the night while the Mustangs hit 22-28 as a team. Eric Wallace also hit double figures for the Mustangs with 10 points. Derek Rolland and Hunter Smith scored seven points apiece, Garrett Qualls added five, Trevor Matheny tacked on three while Cord Rose added one.
Tyler Brooks nailed five three pointers in leading the Tigers with 24 points. Blake Belford poured in 17 points while Jeremy Slaughter added 11. Armorel finished 10-16 from the foul line and knocked down 10 treys on the night.
BIC led throughout the game, holding a 20-8 first period advantage and held a 32-23 halftime lead. The Mustangs finished the third quarter up 55-39.
BIC will enter the District Tournament at Marmaduke as the number one seed and has already clinched a spot in next week's Regional Tournament at Earle. The Mustangs will have a bye into Thursday night's semi-finals where they will play a 6:30 game against the winner of Walnut Ridge-Riverside/Rector.