Portsmouth Christian Academy (PCA) Senior Bryson Lund scored his 1,000th point as a PCA Eagle on Friday evening, becoming the first men’s basketball player at PCA to reach this impressive milestone (three women’s basketball players have achieved this in the past at PCA).
A leader and encourager to his teammates, Bryson entered Friday’s game against Hinsdale just 18-points shy of 1,000. Coach and Athletic Director Derek Summers says, “It was a total team effort. The guys were all rooting for Bryson to reach this milestone on Friday.” That sentiment was evidenced on the court, with the team feeding the ball to Bryson under the net whenever possible.
Early in the 4th quarter, Bryson received a pass under the net from sophomore Caleb Runey. With swift footwork, Bryson effortlessly netted the shot, scoring his 1,000th point.
According to Coach Summers, “Despite being double teamed every night this season, Bryson is leading the team in both scoring with 19.2 points per game and rebounding with 12.2 per game.”
In addition to leading the team in scoring, Bryson is a model teammate. “Bryson’s leadership this season has been stellar,” Coach Summers says, “He has led by example with his work ethic and poise on the court. His skills, stature, and unselfish play – even with the pressure of trying to score his 1,000th point – set him apart from most players.”
Bryson’s father, Anders Lund, says, “Bryson has loved basketball from early on. His older brothers played in middle school, and Bryson had to be a better player to make up for his young age. It drove him to improve as a player.”
Anders says he has watched Bryson’s leadership, patience, and skills develop each year as an Eagle on the court. “He has learned that being a leader and team player is all about the relationships.”
Bryson’s name will soon be posted on the wall of the PCA gymnasium, among the accolades of other PCA Eagles throughout the years, but Bryson is focused on the next goal. “He is hoping to help lead the team to make a deep run in the playoffs,” Coach Summers says.