By BRIAN CUNNIFF
OCEAN CITY — Patrick Holden reached a rather rare and significant milestone Friday evening.
But for such a momentous occasion, there was a total lack of celebration until the game was complete.
Holden sank a free throw late in the fourth quarter to become only the fifth boys basketball player in Cape May County history to surpass 2,000 career points to help the Lower Cape May Regional High School boys basketball team to a 61-58 win over Ocean City in a Cape-Atlantic League consolation game.
Holden finished the game with 29 points. He had needed 26 to reach the milestone entering the game.
Holden did not know he passed the mark until his uncle, Scott, Lower’s head coach, announced it to the team in the locker room following the game.
Holden is the second Cape May County player to reach 2,000 career points this season. Wildwood’s Kyion Flanders passed the number earlier this month, ironically, in a win over Lower Cape May.
Holden joins 1994 Middle Township graduate LaMarr Greer (2,637), 1990 Middle Township graduate John Leahy (2,139), 1988 Wildwood Catholic graduate Dan Leahy (2,030) and Flanders as the lone 2,000-point scorers in boys basketball from Cape May County. Greer, however, did not score all of his points while playing at Middle. He played his first two high school seasons at Overbrook in Pine Hill.
Holden also made history in joining his sister, Lauren, as the only brother-sister combination to score at least 2,000 career points. Lauren, now a junior on the women’s basketball team at Fordham University, scored 2,476 points in her Lower Cape May career, which ended in 2015. Lauren watched her brother score his milestone point through FaceTime on the cell phone of a friend present at the game.
Lower trailed by four midway through the fourth quarter but went on a a 9-2 surge to go ahead for good. A Holden three-pointer and free throws by Holden and Anguelov accounted for the run.
Anguelov added 17 points for Lower (18-8).
Joey Sacco (15), Luke Varallo (11) and Issac Robertson (10) each scored in double figures for Ocean City (18-7).
Lower and Ocean City had split two previous regular-season meetings. Both teams are in first-round state playoff action early next week.