Jordan Ray becomes YCD's all-time leading scorer
- Jordan Ray is now the leading scorer in the history of York Country Day boys' basketball.
- Ray scored 35 points on Wednesday night in a 111-27 triumph over Harrisburg Academy.
This has been an eventful week for Jordan Ray, to say the least.
Last Friday, Ray announced he had accepted an offer to become a preferred walk-on football player at Hampton University, which is a Football Championship Subdivision school in Virginia.
Then on Wednesday night, Ray erupted for 35 points to power the York Country Day boys' basketball team to a dominating 113-27 triumph at Harrisburg Academy.
In the process, Ray became the leading scorer in YCD basketball history, breaking the previous mark of 1,472 points. He went into the game needing 34 points to break the record.
Ray broke the record early in the fourth quarter on a driving lay-up, at which point the game was stopped to recognize the achievement.
"I hugged all my coaches and my teammates. I hugged my mom and gave her a kiss on the cheek and I hugged my dad," Ray said.
On his mind: Ray admitted that breaking the record was on his mind.
"We were talking about it for the past couple of days, and I was joking around with the guys, saying, 'I'm going to go off for 30-some tonight and break the record," he said.
Ray did just that.
He said he was happy to get the milestone on Wednesday, since the Greyhounds are expecting a much more competitive contest on Friday on the road against traditional power Steel-High.
"We have a hard game coming up vs. Steel-high and I didn't want that (going for the record) to be a distraction for that game. Now we can just focus on the game," Ray said. "At halftime (on Wednesday), coach asked me what I wanted to do. I said, "let's just get it today so we don't have to worry about it. ... But who knows, I might try for 35 again on Friday."
Ray, a four-year starter, is averaging about 21 points per game. His career high for a single game is 38 points, set in his sophomore season.
"It didn't sink in immediately," Ray said about breaking the record. "But when I sat down I thought, "I'm the leading scorer in York Country Day history. During my freshman year, I didn't think I could do it. To break the record is huge."
Bigger goals: Now that the record is behind him, Ray is pointing toward bigger goals.
"The state championship has been the goal since Day 1 of my freshman year," he said. "It starts with the district championship. You can't take anyone lightly."
The Greyhounds improved to 14-3 overall and lead the District 3 Class 1-A power ratings. YCD is the defending District 3 champion. The Greyhounds were ranked sixth in the latest City of Basketball Love Class 1-A state poll.
DeAireus Brown (23), D.J. Hamilton (20) and Greg Gladfelter (14) also had big games for the Greyhounds, who held a 45-4 edge after the first quarter.
Harrisburg Academy fell to 2-14.
Football: Ray played football for York Tech, which has a cooperative agreement with YCD in that sport.
Hampton, an historically black university, is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
The 6-foot, 4-inch Ray led the York-Adams League in receiving in 2016. He caught 27 passes for 760 yards and nine touchdowns for the Spartans.
Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.