Our mistake: Perry Ellis already passed Greg Dreilings scoring record
Being part of a sports story is never our preference. But today, were there.
Weve been reporting on Perry Ellis ascension to the top of the City League boys basketball career scoring chart for weeks. Heading into Heights game tonight at West, weve written that Ellis needs 38 points to break Greg Dreilings 31-year-old league record.
But weve been wrong. Ellis broke the record two games ago.
A double-check of Dreilings numbers show that he scored 1,888 points for Kapaun Mount Carmel from 1977-81 not the 1,963 that we reported.
Ellis has 1,926 points, meaning he broke Dreilings actual mark during the Falcons Jan. 24 victory over Kapaun.
The error came about when the person researching decades of games copied Dreilings total from his junior season incorrectly. The mistake gave Dreiling 75 more points than he actually had.
Heights has three straight road games coming up, and coach Joe Auer said Ellis accomplishment probably will be commemorated at their next home game Feb. 17.
While Ellis is a star player who has shunned the spotlight, that doesnt make our error any easier to stomach.
The Eagle has been the City Leagues unofficial statistician since the leagues inception in 1957. For decades, weve taken pride in being the leagues historian and the source for standings and statistics.
Recently, a member of our staff began work on resurrecting career scoring leaders for City League boys and girls basketball. Its painstaking work going through years of newspaper clippings, along with calls to athletic directors and former coaches.
Still, thats no excuse for our mistake, one that shouldnt have happened and one we will strive to make sure doesnt happen again.
Congratulations to Perry Ellis on his accomplishment, one that came two weeks earlier than we thought.