Malvern Prep standout guard Deuce Turner became the Inter-Ac Conference’s all-time leading scorer with 2,070+ points on Monday evening in an 85-79 victory over Cheltenham High School at West Chester University.
With this bucket, Malvern Prep’s Kieves “Deuce” Turner sets the all-time Inter Ac scoring record, now at 2,070 points (and counting). The Coatesville native and Bucknell signee breaks a 21-year-old record held by Episcopal’s John Phillips pic.twitter.com/QuFHx2rwa8
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For context, the Inter-Ac league first embraced basketball as a competitive sport in 1924 and has featured players such as Gerald Henderson, Wayne Ellington, and Jerome Allen, all of whom had successful stints at big-time division one collegiate programs and eventually touched ground in the NBA.
Turner, who conducted a feature interview with Basketball Society back in December, broke a 21-year-old record held by Episcopal Academy’s John Phillips, and he’ll continue to cushion his lead as there are six regular-season games remaining for the Friars who currently sit at 14-4 with a 3-0 record in conference play.
When asked via text message what it meant to achieve such a feat, Turner responded: “I didn’t have a chance to enjoy it until later that night, but it means so much knowing I’m the best at what I do. It’s an amazing accomplishment.”
Phillips actually attended the Friars’ victory over Cheltenham as he thought it was important to be there to pass the proverbial scoring torch over to Turner, who is one of the most explosive scoring guards in the area.
Is this the greatest triumph of the future Bucknell Bison’s famed high school career? Well yes, for the time being.
“I feel like so far yes, this is my greatest accomplishment,” Turner said in a text. “But once we win the Inter-Ac title and if we win the championship, that will become the greatest accomplishment in my eyes. Bringing a title to my school is the ultimate goal.”
Turner and Malvern Prep’s championship quest will continue through the end of the regular season on Feb. 7 in a finale against Phillips’ alma mater, Episcopal Academy. It’ll be interesting to see how the Friars look once the playoffs roll around, and you also can’t help but be curious about how much Turner is going to pad his Inter-Ac scoring lead during that time.