By Mike White | Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, 3:40 p.m.
A Varsity Blog reader with a good memory brought back a memorable one-on-one showdown from yesteryear.
On yesterday's blog, I remarked how it was tremendous to watch the high school game on ESPN2 Friday night between two Florida teams - Pine Crest and Winter Park. Brandon Knight, arguably the No. 1 senior in the country, scored 48 points while Austin Rivers scored 42. Rivers is one of the best juniors in the country. I said I don't ever remember seeing a high school game where two players scored 40 points.
Well, "Lee" wrote in the comments section of "Varsit Blog" about a memorable game 16 years ago between Shaler's Dan Fortson and Butler's Shawn Bellis. I wasn't at the game, and Lee wasn't sure of each player's point total. But Lee's comments got me digging into stat books and story archives today. And get this: Both players did indeed hit the 40-point mark in that game.
It was February 15, 1994, and Fortson scored 41 points. Bellis had 40. Shaler won, 81-77.
Great memory, Lee. What also was interesting about the game is that Butler played without coach George Abraham. He was suspended by the WPIAL for two games for pulling his team off the floor during a non-section game at Aliquippa Jan. 25.
Fortson, as you probably know, went on to become an All-American at the University of Cincinnati and played in the NBA. I never heard from Bellis again after high school.