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Pearl River's McManus Tops Rockland All-Time Basketball Scoring

Brendan McManus, a 2005 Pearl River graduate, is the all-time leading scorer in Rockland County boys basketball history, according to a list compiled by Tommy Doherty and other local sports historians.

Former Pearl River Director of Athletics Tom Doherty recently released a list of 37 1,000-point scorers in Rockland County boys basketball history compiled by himself and other sports historians in the county.

Brendan McManus, a 2005 Pearl River graduate, stands along atop the list with 1,583 career points, well ahead of 1987 Nanuet graduate Bill Kurisko's 1,444, which was good for second. 

Doherty said that Tom Collins, John Humenn, Jamie Kempton, Bill Madden, Jim McLaughlin, John Mercurio,Dan White, Dick Yerk and Ray Zebro were among the many contributors to help put the list together and check it for completeness. 

Doherty acknowledged that changes in schedule length over the years played a large part in the list, working against players from years past as well as those who played in the three seasons since the state mandated a reduction of two games for all schedules.

The three-point line and shot clock also encouraged scoring in more recent seasons.

Three players who just completed their high school careers are among the top 10. Clarkstown South's Mike McCahey is No. 5 with 1,424 career points, just four behind 1984 graduate Jeff Brown's school record of 1,428.

Tappan Zee senior Pat Petersen passed 1981 graduate Mitch Norotsky for the school scoring record as he put up 31 points in the Dutchmen's stunning 55-46 victory over Jamesville-Dewitt in the state semifinals. He finished with 1,293 points, good for seventh all-time in the county.

Albertus Magnus senior Tyler Sayre also became his school's all-time leading scorer as a senior. He finished 10th in county history with 1,231 points while leading the Falcons to a second consecutive Section 1 Class B championship.

The list is as follows. the year the player graduated is listed along with the number of years they spent on the varsity. If there is a plus after the number, they played just a few games in a season. 

Rockland County Boys Basketball 1,000 Point Scorers

Player

School

Graduation (Years Varsity

Points

1. Brendan McManus

Pearl River

2005 (4)

1,583

2. Bill Kurisko

Nanuet

1987 (3+)

1,444

3. Jeff Brown

Clarkstown South

1984 (3+)

1,428

4. Bob Mathias

Clarkstown/Clarkstown North

1972 (4)

1,427

 

5. Mike McCahey

Clarkstown South

2012 (4)

1,424

6. Matt Grossbard

Pearl River

2009 (4)

1,424

7. Pat Peterson

Tappan Zee

2012 (4)

1,293

8. Ernest Watkins

Nyack

1989 (3)

1,287

9. Mitch Norotsky

Tappan Zee

1981 (3+)

1,248

10. Tyler Sayre

Albertus Magnus

2012 (3+)

1,248

11. Alan Sofen

Pearl River

1980 (3)

1,223

12. Darryl Brown

Nanuet

1971 (3)

1,188

13. Jim McLaughlin

Clarkstown North

1981 (3)

1,188

14. Enndy Basquait

Spring Valley

1982 (3)

1,178

15. Vaughn Heyliger

Spring Valley

2005 (4)

1,149

 

16. Jess Cohen

Pearl River

1988 (3)

1,134

17. Gerry McNair

Nyack

2000 (3)

1,123

18. Eric Wooten

Spring Valley

1993 (3)

1,114

19. John Sarto

Spring Valley

1970 (3)

1,082

20. Michael Mack

Nyack

1997 (3)

1,074

21. Ron Edwards

Nyack

1962 (3)

1,069

21. Michael McNair

Nyack

2006 (3)

1,069

23. Antoine Duvert

Albertus Magnus

1994 (3)

1,066

24. Nigel Morris

Nyack

2003 (4)

1,065

25. Mike Mulroe

Pearl River

1999 (3)

1,063

26. Howard Levy

Suffern

1981 (3)

1,059

27. Jerry Houston

Pearl River

1990 (3)

1,049

28. John Thomason

Ramapo

1997 (3)

1,048

29. Tony Russo

Ramapo

1980 (3)

1,043

30. Ryan Sheridan

Tappan Zee

2008 (4)

1,042

31. Jim Mack

Nyack

1971 (3)

1,031

32. Brett Harvey

Clarkstown North

2006 (3)

1,028

33. Gary Custick

Clarkstown

1970 (3)

1,027

34. Tim Harris

Spring Valley

1983 (3)

1,017

35. Mike Brown

Clarkstown South

1981 (3)

1,013

36. Carl Goodman

Spring Valley

1980 (3)

1,002

37. Ronald Lewis

Albertus Magnus

2004 (4)

1,001

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