Steenberge, Breland hit milestones

River Hill, Glenelg players both reach 1,000 points

February 14, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Kevin Steenberge of River Hill and Eric Breland of Glenelg each reached the 1,000-point milestones for their basketball careers during the past week, and both did it in games against Hammond.

Breland scored his 1000th last Friday at Hammond with a 13-point effort in a losing cause. He entered the game needing 12 points.

Breland then scored 27 in a losing effort against Mount Hebron on Tuesday, lifting his current total to 1,028 points - third on the all-time Glenelg list behind Greg Smith and Todd Smith. He needs 50 more points to surpass Greg Smith (1,077) for second place, but he can't catch Todd Smith at 1,500 points.

Breland also made his 500th rebound in the same game that he scored his 1,000th point. He now stands fourth on Glenelg's all-time rebounding list.

Steenberge, who averages 24.4 points in 20 games this season, became the first River Hill player to score 1,000 points, and he did so in Tuesday's victory at home against Hammond.

He entered the game needing 27 points and ended up with 29. He hit the 1,000 mark on a long jumper with four minutes left. The game was stopped, and he went into the stands to present the game ball to his parents.

"He told us he appreciated how much we had done for him," said his mom, Colleen. "The booster club had made up signs that said, `Steenberge hits 1,000' and passed them out to everyone, and the kids on the bench were chanting `two' when he needed only two more points. We didn't think he was going to make it that night, but we had stashed a cake in the back of the car just in case."

Steenberge spent Sunday afternoon in the Howard County General Hospital's emergency room getting chest X-rays after taking a nasty spill in Friday's game against Centennial.

"He was undercut in the first few minutes of the game and hit the floor really hard on his shoulder blades and upper back trying to avoid hitting his head," said his mom. "He found it hard to swallow Sunday, and kept blacking out like he wasn't getting enough oxygen. We were afraid of a collapsed lung, but the X-rays showed nothing."

She said he was still gasping for air in Tuesday's game and is trying to play through the injury.

"It meant a lot to score 1,000," Steenberge said. "It's one of those goals you set when you start high school. It was a really happy night because we won and Long Reach lost."

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