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May 5, 2014

Bo Overton holds top spot for now, but Cory Kilby has shot at scoring record

Ada —    Editor’s Note: Following is Part 1 of a three-part series on former Ada High standout Bo Overton, who is the school’s all-time leading scoring in boys basketball. Senior-to-be Cory Kilby is third on the all-time list and has a chance to pass Overton during the 2014-15 season.

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   Two legends and one in the making gathered for photo shoots and memories in the Cougar Activity Center in late April.

   The occasion was twofold: (1) the gratification of a year-long hunger for a famous Folger’s burger after a year coaching a Russian women’s team; (2) a meeting of the Big Three on the all-time Ada Cougar basketball scoring charts.

   The top two career scorers in Ada roundball history, No. 1 Bo Overton (1,941, 1976-79) and No. 2 David Taylor (1,521, 1979-82), and upcoming senior Cory Kilby (No. 3 and rising, 1,446, 2012-14), traded basketball stories and anecdotes, some fresh, most long ago and far away.

   Along with a campaign for a possible state championship — which would be Ada’s first since Taylor’s senior campaign in 1982 under Darrell Johnson — Kilby will attack the scoring records of first Taylor, then the once seemingly insurmountable total compiled by Overton.

   Current head coach Ron Anderson, along with Overton and Taylor’s mentor, Jack Ray and Kilby, met in the CAC that day. He gave his thoughts on the assault on the record book, noting that his 6-7 forward believes records are far less important than winning.

   “But it’s neat to see that he may finish his career as the all-time scoring leader for Ada.  I played with Bo and coached David, so it’s also special for me that I have actively been a part of all three of these great players.  If things go as planned, I expect Cory will pass Bo towards the end of next season,” Anderson said.

   “He’s the most coachable kid I’ve ever had. He can pick things up so quickly. You explain to him what needs to be done, and he’ll do it,” Anderson said.

   Overton added to the accolades.

   “For me, the great thing about it falling is that such a great kid will be doing it. Cory has a great family, and he is someone to look up to for the little kids,” Overton said.

   Kilby stands third at 1,446 (2012-14, 82 games, 17.6 average) behind Taylor’s very reachable 1,521 (1979-82, 106 games, 14.4) and Overton’s probable 1,941 (1976-79, 86 games, 22.6).

   Kilby has averaged just over 20 ppg the sophomore and junior years.

   Overton’s best, 24.3 over 26 games his senior year, translated to 633 points.

   His career points ranged from his first two against McAlester as a freshman in the Kerr Dome to closing out with 32 as a senior in the state semis loss to eventual state champ OC Star Spencer, 54-44, at the Del City gym.

   “I never really thought much about it. All we were thinking about was winning. Whatever it took — for me to score two or 30. I saw the stats in The Daily Oklahoman once in a while, but it didn’t really matter. We just played, tried to win,” Overton said.

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