Divine Anderson

The Pleasantville High School senior celebrates scoring his 1,000 career point with his mother Tamika Cooper and David Anderson

Divine Anderson sank a big shot for himself and for Pleasantville High School on Wednesday night.

The senior guard passed the 1,000-career point mark when he sank a 3-pointer with a little more than seven minutes left in Pleasantville’s 69-63 win over Middle Township. Anderson is the first Greyhound to score more than 1,000 career points since Kamron Warner achieved the milestone in 2004.

“It’s a big moment for me,” Anderson said Wednesday night in a telephone interview. “I’ve been talking about hitting it since I was a young kid, since I was 5-years-old. It was a surreal moment for me.”

Anderson entered the game needing 11 points for 1,000. He caught a pass on the right wing and sank a 3-pointer to reach the milestone. The game was stopped. Anderson’s teammates congratulated him.

Pleasantville head coach Butch Warner, Kamron’s father, hugged Anderson. Kamron, now a Pleasantville assistant, presented Anderson with a souvenir ball to commemorate the occasion.

“It means a lot to the school to have another 1,000-point scorer since there hasn’t been one in 14 years,” Anderson said. “That’s a long time.”

Anderson started playing basketball as a young child. His older brother David took him to the courts and showed him how to play.

“I fell in love with the game,” Anderson said.

Anderson’s milestone was another positive moment for the Greyhounds this season. Pleasantville (16-8) finished second in the Cape-Atlantic League United Division and is the No. 4 seed in the Cape-Atlantic League tournament. The Greyhounds will host fifth-seeded St. Joe on Friday at 7 p.m.

“It feels good to put Pleasantville back on the map,” Anderson said. “We just have to keep the momentum up.”

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