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Spartans’ Council passes 1,000-point mark

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WILSON — Smithfield-Selma senior point guard Anthony Council surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career Thursday night in a 67-60 win against Beddingfield.

Council came into the game needing 14 points to hit the milestone. By the end of the first quarter he had it.

“All credits to my teammates, because of it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have got it tonight,” Council said. “When I first started, I thought I couldn’t get that because that’s a lot of points so I just worked hard every day.”

Council would finish the game with 30 points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal. The 5-foot-10 guard has started his senior season red hot with 28 points per game on 48-percent shooting from the field, 44 percent from the 3-point line and 77 percent from the free-throw line.

“He’s come a long way,” Smithfield-Selma head coach Matt Cuddington said. “His jump shot has gotten better. His midrange has always been good, but if he’s knocking down the 3 he’s a hard check.”

Cuddington was all business on the sidelines, but after the game he was all smiles and hugs with Council. The fourth-year head coach has coached Council since he was in the sixth grade.

The Spartans (4-4) of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference would lose to Hunt on Friday night. Council had 24 points, and now has 1,040 career points. SSS will next be in action back at Beddingfield against the Bruins on Dec. 26 for the first round of the Farris & Farris Holiday Tournament.