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Lovings reaches scoring milestone

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Darrell Lovings reached a milestone before the winter school break.

The senior scored 34 points for the Richards High School varsity boys basketball team in its Dec. 11 away win. His final point, which came on a free throw, was the 1,000th of his Richards career.

More remarkable, however, is that he achieved the scoring feat in less than two full seasons after transferring from Navasota High School.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” said Justin Bane, Richards athletic director and varsity boys’ basketball coach. “He’s really put in the work and the dedication to do it.”

Through 13 games (12- 1), including the Dec. 11 matchup, this season, Lovings averaged 33 points and 10 rebounds a game. He scored in double figures every game.

Lovings, who has been playing basketball since the third grade, was unaware he was approaching the milestone because he does not keep track of his production. A District 26-A firstteam selection last year, he said, “ Most times I just ask Coach the next day what I scored.”

Play was stopped after he converted the free throw. “I didn’t know until Coach called a timeout and everybody was celebrating,” said the starter, who received a commemorative basketball. “My coaches and my teammates help me. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have done it.”

“I was excited,” he said. “I kind of figured I would get close to it [1,000].”

He said about nine relatives, including his parents, two sisters, and a handful of friends were in the gym to see his big moment. “We were playing at a bigger school,” Bane said. “We had room for more fans.”

As of Jan. 6, Lovings scored in double digits in 18-consecutive games and 35 of his last 38 games. His career high has been 40 points, which he has reached multiple times.

Although he has been a prolific scorer, he is by no means one-dimensional. “He’s a really great defender for us,” the coach said. “He’s a huge rebounder.”

Lovings had 29 points and nine rebounds during a Jan. 5 victory. His offensive rebounds give the team second chance scoring opportunities, while his defensive rebounds help move the squad into its offensive attacks.

“I believe he has a future playing at the next level,” Bane said. “It’s all about finding the right fit for him.”