Sports: Kerans Breaks Belmont’s Boys’ Hoops All-Time Scoring Record

Photo: Matt Kerans driving against Lexington.

This spring, a new banner will be placed in the Wenner Field House with  Belmont High senior Matt Kerans’ name on it accompanied by a still-to-be-determined number.

While the amount remains in flux, the recognition was earned through persistence and excellence as the four-year varsity guard broke Steve Pollard’s 30-year-old all-time career scoring record of 1,294 in Belmont’s 58-48 victory over Lexington High School on Seniors Night/Afternoon, Thursday, Feb 18.


Belmont High Boys’ Hoops 2015-16 seniors with parents: (from left) Justin Wagner, Joe Shaughnessy, Yvrantzi Desravines, Luke Peterson, Kevork Hamparian, Cole Bartels, Damian Bitsikas, Lowell Haska, Matt Kerans.

Needing seven points to top Pollard’s record, Kerans wasted little time hitting a three on the team’s initial trip down the court and a bucket soon after before taking a pass on the right side and hitting his trademark fallaway three-point shot midway through the first quarter.

Despite the history-making moment – and after the buzzer signaling the event was ignored by the refs – play continued for a minute longer before a timeout occurred allowing Kerans to receive congratulations from his teammates.

The win over the Minutemen left Belmont with a 17-5 record, a league championship and predicted five seed in the upcoming MIAA Division 2 North sectionals, earning the Marauders, at least, one home playoff game. 

Despite a well-earned reputation for being a player who lets his outstanding play do most of his speaking, Kerans did say breaking the record “means a lot.”

“Ever since I was in middle school, I’ve been looking up at the banners, seeing the points and people have seen saying I could be up there,” said Kerans, who thanked his teammates over the past four seasons for their play which allowed him the opportunities to be an offensive force. 

“And I couldn’t have done it without coach [Adam] Pritchard’s support,” he said.

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Sports: Kerans Tops 1,000 Point Mark in Belmont’s 61-58 Win Over New Bedford

Photo: Matt Kerans.

If there was a shot Matt Kerans would make to reach 1,000 points in his Belmont High School Boys’ Basketball career, it should be from beyond the arc.

The senior co-captain and pre-season Middlesex League All-Star reached the milestone off a trademark fall-away, three pointer in the Marauders’ 61-58 victory over New Bedford on the second and final day of the 2015 BABC Holiday Classic held at Cathedral High School on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

See the shot by going to the Middlesex Magic Twitter page.

The four-year starter scored a game-high 28 points in the win, raising Belmont’s record to 5-2 as the team prepares to meet league powerhouse Woburn High on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at the Wenner.

Kerans joins just a handful of Marauders’ on the 1,000 point club: Steven Pollard (’86), Mike Costello (’96), Mark Mulvey (’93), Timmie Barrows (’07), Larry Norman (’88), Asa Palmer (’93) and Kerans’ former teammate Adam Kleckner (’15).