Holcomb center Jamie Massey (right) is greeted by teammates near his bench earlier this season. Massey broke the all-time basketball scoring record Tuesday night in a varsity basketball against North Pemiscot at Wardell, Mo.
Massey, a six-foot-seven post-player, tallied 14 of Holcomb's 62 points to increase his career point total as a varsity player to 1,577. Massey became the all-time leading scorer for Holcomb when he surpassed the previous record of 1,571 points set by Holcomb alumni Mike Wilson in 1983.
"It's a huge thing," Holcomb coach Seth McBroom said of breaking the record. "There have been some really good players roll through Holcomb over the years. If you talk to some people in the community they will tell you Holcomb has had some players who can just flat put it in the hole. You always hear stories about them. People in the future will hear stories about Jamie Massey as well. He could put it in the basket. There is no doubt about that."
Massey said he wasn't sure of the exact point total he needed to tally against North Pemiscot to break the record, but knew he was close to making history.
"Some people told me it was a possibility," Massey said. "But I didn't know the exact point total.
"I've never really thought about it that much, but I guess it's a cool thing," Massey continued. "My teammates, coaches and everyone in the community mean the world to me. They all helped me get there. That's for sure."
Massey has played on the varsity boys basketball team at Holcomb all four years he has been in high school. McBroom has coached Massey for the last four seasons.
Holcomb has won often during Massey's high school career.
Holcomb's varsity went 12-11 Massey's freshman season, finished 18-9 his sophomore year and won the Tri-County Tournament for the first time in 12 years during a 23-6 campaign last season. Holcomb currently has a 5-3 record this season.
"He's been a huge part of this program since his freshman season," McBroom said. "He does it the right way. It goes to show if you do things the right way, carry yourself the right way and work the right way good things do happen to those types of people. As good of a basketball player as he is he is probably a better teammate and person every day. It makes it special for me as a coach to say 'you've coached someone like that.' He's done really well and helped the team succeed over the last four years."
McBroom said Wilson continues to follow the Holcomb program and he is glad to hear Holcomb has enjoyed a successful run.
"I know Mike personally from being out around the Springfield area," McBroom said. "He is a basketball coach at Strafford High School. He's a very good guy and an excellent coach. He keeps up with what we are doing. I saw him at Columbia at the final four last year and he congratulated me on a good season and told me he keeps up with us still. He's glad we have had success lately. There is no doubt."
Massey could reach another milestone if he has a strong ending to his high school career. Holcomb played 29 games last season. If the Hornets play the same number of games this season Massey would need to average 20.2 points per game to reach 2,000 points in his high school career.
"I'd like to get to 2,000 points," Massey said. "That would be nice, but I'd like to win games before that."
Holcomb improved to 2-0 in Tri-County Conference regular-season play with the road win against North Pemiscot Tuesday. Massey said he had limited playing time in the game.
"North Pemiscot was a tough game," Massey said. "I got in foul trouble. I wasn't happy about that. Plus they guarded me with two guys most of the time. It was tough."
Holcomb returns to action Dec. 26 at 5 p.m. when it takes on Van Buren in a first-round contest at the 16-team Bloomfield Christmas Tournament.
Note: A fan submitted video of Massey breaking the record is available below. View the video by clicking on the white text 'Massey breaks HHS all-time scoring recordng'