South Charlotte

Bucs' Simons reaches 1,000 points

In the first quarter of Charlotte Country Day's game against Cary Academy, senior boys' basketball player Ben Simons knocked down a three-point shot to become the school's 10th player to score 1,000 career points.

Play was stopped and Simons was given the game ball. He ran up into the stands and gave it to his dad, Bill.

"It was really special to me, especially going up in the stands and giving my dad the ball because he always believed in me," said Simons. "It was an awesome moment that I'll always remember."

Coming into this season, Simons already held the school record for most three pointers in a game, season and career. He said he had been counting down to 1,000 points for a while this season.

"It was in my head a little bit," he said. "Honestly, I just wanted to get over it as soon as possible."

Simons went on to score 25 points in the game with nine rebounds and three steals. The Buccaneers won 67-48.

Simons said it meant a lot to him to join an elite group of Country Day players.

"As a young kid I never thought I could reach this mark because everyone doubted me because I wasn't that athletic of a guy," he said.

If he hits 12 more three pointers this season, he will break his own season record. And if he continues to hit free throws as well as he has so far, his 87 percent will be a school record. But that's not what Simons is thinking about.

"I'm not really worried about that," he said. "I'm worried about winning the rest of our conference games."