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Wilson filled basket over and over again


More than a quarter-century has passed since Scott Wilson played his last basketball game in the Frontier League.

Though memories of Wilson dashing up and down courts in his Lyme short shorts may have faded over the years, it's safe to say that his statistics have withstood the test of time.

Wilson completed his high school basketball career with 2,391 points, finishing the 1981-82 season as New York's all-time leading scorer. While that total has since been surpassed by several players, no one from the Frontier League has come close to matching Wilson's numbers.

Playing in an era without a 3-point line, Wilson was simply unstoppable. During his senior season at Lyme, he established a Frontier League record for points in a single game, finishing with 74 in a 132-59 win over Copenhagen. It was no fluke. In his next game, he dropped 52 points in a 116-55 victory over Alexandria.

Wilson, a 6-foot-2-inch guard, ended that season averaging 42.2 points per game. A three-time All-North selection by the Times, Wilson also averaged more than 11 assists and 20 rebounds per game as a senior.

Wilson, who also played soccer at Lyme, moved on to Jefferson Community College, where the points continued to pile up in basketball. In two seasons at JCC, he became the Cannoneers' all-time leading scorer with 1,249 points, a record later broken by Steve Howard. Wilson's stay with the Cannoneers included a streak of 38 straight games in which he scored in double figures.

After leaving JCC, Wilson attended Ithaca College, where, as a junior, he averaged 15.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, earning first-team honors in the Independent College Athletic Conference. Wilson's playing career was derailed just two games into his senior year at Ithaca as knee problems that had first emerged during his high school career forced him out of the game.

He scored a combined total of 24 points in his final two appearances for Ithaca, receiving all-tournament honors in the Ken Gant-Potsdam State Invitational.

Wilson summed up his career in a 2004 interview with the Times.

"Basketball was good to me," he said, "and I'm grateful for everything I was able to accomplish through it, and that's it. It's a game. When it came time to quit, it was time for me to quit."

Wilson, 45, resides in Chaumont with his wife, Michele, and their sons, Troy, 12, and Tyler, 6. Wilson works as an alarms manager/technician for CREG Systems Corp. and is also employed by Northern Orthopedic Lab, where he constructs prosthetic devices.

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