Every few trips down the court, Devin Coulter would take a glimpse at the scoreboard. He knew he needed 14 points in his final home game to reach a milestone moment.
Midway through the third quarter, he got it.
As he hung in the air after being fouled, Coulter flipped up a shot that banked off the backboard and through the net. Coulter pumped his fist in celebration of a historic basket.
In his final game inside Hiett Gymnasium, Coulter etched his place in the record books as he became the all-time leading scorer for the Houston High School boys’ basketball program.
“It felt amazing,” Coulter said of his 1,188th career point. “I was so excited. There are no words to explain it.”
A four-year starter, Coulter entered the game 13 point shy of Kyle Poynter’s mark of 1,186 points he established in 2010. By halftime, Coulter had pulled even.
Admitting he kept track of his progress throughout the night on the scoreboard, Coulter knew the record had fallen when he banked in a jumper while being fouled by Salem’s Zayne Kyser with 4 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the game.
As Coulter stood at the foul line, the game was briefly stopped as Coulter was announced as the program’s new all-time leading scorer. He then made the free throw to add to his total.
“He has had a great career here,” first-year Tigers coach Rob Coffey said. “I’m excited to be a part of it, and the guys on the team are as well.”
Poynter established the previous scoring mark when he surpassed David Adams, who had 1,019 points from 1970-73. The school scoring record is 1,953 points by Patti (Wright) Roberts from 1987-91.
Coulter, who finished with 23 points in the Tigers’ 66-50 loss to Salem, has four regular-season games and the district tournament remaining to add to his record-setting total.
“I wanted to get (the record),” Coulter said. “I played how I knew to and when I broke it, it was overwhelming.”