Company guard in Redding hits 1,000 points in basketball career

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Enterprise senior fullback Demarreya Lewis-Cooper had the ball in his hands as the clock dwindled to less than 10 seconds in the third quarter against rival Shasta.

Fans had gathered at Manatowa Gymnasium to watch Lewis-Cooper as he entered Thursday, needing 19 points to reach 1,000 for his high school basketball career.

To his left was the crowded student section of Hornet. Fans brought a confetti shooter to the stands to celebrate the coming moment. His father, Lamont “Disco” Cooper, sat front row with the students, while his mother, Barbara Lawson, and older sisters, Alex and Justyse, stood on the baseline to cheer on Lewis-Cooper.

Lewis-Cooper immediately attacked the basket after a path in the left lane opened up. He hopped into Shasta senior Dylan Jackson and gently landed the ball through the hoop with his right hand to complete his milestone.

Lewis-Cooper’s field goal made him the sixth Enterprise men’s basketball player in history to surpass 1,000 career points. Her older sister, Ravien, who watched the game from home, is a member of a 1,000-point women’s basketball club.

“When I got on I thought I needed it,” Lewis-Cooper said. “My legs started cramping. I just thought I had to get it over with.”

Lewis-Cooper became the first Enterprise player to accomplish the feat since Tyler Green accomplished it in 2016. Green recently played professional basketball in the Eastern European country of Georgia, after an outstanding career at Montana State University-Billings and Humboldt State University.

“I remember watching (Green) play when I was in college and just wanted to be like he was for school,” Lewis-Cooper said. “Now to be in the same category is a great accomplishment. Seeing him be great is what inspires me to do the same.”

Enterprise 1000 Points Club members include:

  • Brody Angley (Class of 2004). Competed professionally in Mexico and Israel. Played college basketball at Santa Clara University. 1,873 stitches
  • Kaelan Cristosto (class of 2013). Played college baseball at the University of Missouri. 1,773 stitches
  • Anthony Williams (Class of 2010). Ran track at Sacramento State University and played basketball for Simpson University. Williams is currently the women’s basketball coach at Enterprise. 1,498 dots
  • Tyler Green (class of 2016). Compete professionally for Tskhum Abkhazeti in the Eastern European country of Georgia. Played college basketball at Montana State University-Billings and Humboldt State. 1,422 stitches
  • Shane Zink (Class of 2007). Played college football at the University of Arizona after competing at Shasta College. 1,189 stitches

Enterprise’s celebration of Lewis-Cooper was made sweeter because his team beat Shasta 64-40.

Lewis-Cooper finished with 20 points, while senior Brennan Ramirez led Enterprise (13-6, 3-1 EAL) with 27 points.

The flip side of Lewis-Cooper’s performance was Shasta (11-8, 0-3 EAL), who had practice to prepare for Enterprise. Wolves had to postpone games last week due to COVID-19 safety protocols

Shasta junior Jayson Ries led his team with 14 points, while junior captain James Glenn finished with seven points.

Wolves played with great energy and repeatedly tried to cut off Enterprise’s passing lanes. Shasta moved the ball and found some quality looks in the second half. Enterprise looked like the freshest team.

“All I can say is we fought hard and had a great time,” Glenn said. “We knew it was going to be a battle and the ending wasn’t what we wanted.”

Ethan Hanson started working for the Redding Record Searchlight after four years with the Los Angeles Daily News as a freelancer. Her coverage includes work from the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in South Bend, Indiana, and writing about the St. Louis Rams’ move to Los Angeles with the Ventura County Star. He started his career as a play-by-play broadcaster for LA Pierce College from 2011 to 2017. Follow him on Twitter at @EthanAHanson_RS.

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