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Fatimus having record-breaking year

December 24, 2009
By J.T. Whitehouse
Poland senior Niko Fatimus is having a record year as far as breaking them goes. He recently set a new game record and a new career record in basketball.

Fatimus’ record-breaking took place Dec. 18 in the game against Struthers. He scored 38 points and connected on 10 three-pointers as Poland defeated Struthers, 107-79. Fatimus hit two three-pointers in the opening minute of the game to set the stage for the Bulldogs. David Baker had 21 points and Luke Wollet added 17 points in the victory and Poland improved to 3-0. 

The 10 three-pointers Fatimus posted took him into the record book, beating the previous school record of nine threes in a single game set by Dan Temnick in 1996. On top of that mark, Fatimus set a career record of 183 three-pointers to break the previous record of Chad Fender (2001-2005), which was 176.

Three seems to be Fatimus’ magic number as he heads toward one more landmark.

“Niko is 100 points away from hitting the 1,000 mark,” said Poland Athletic Director Brian Banfield.

Fatimus is also well on his way to making a state benchmark. Entering this season he needed 77 threes to take the 10th spot in Ohio for the most high school career threes. Following the Struthers game, he narrowed that number to 57. Time will tell if Poland will be updated their record books yet again this year.

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Early in the season, Poland Bulldogs' Niko Fatimus has set several new records including one for single game three-point shots and another for career three-pointers. He also stands to top 1,000 points scored.



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