Brinkley finds scoring touch vs. PA
Anthony Brinkley has accomplished some special feats this year with a third – place finish in the Colonial League Cross Country championship and a first and third – place finish respectively in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Colonial League Track and Field Championships. But he recently notched a unique achievement on the basketball court.
In his team's 69-36 victory over Pen Argyl recently, Brinkley scored a personal best 18 points, eight points better than previous high. He was also excited about the fact that he and teammate Zac Edwards (20 points) combined for more total points than the entire Pen Argyl team that evening.
"For me to score that many points in a game is unthinkable," said the senior wing player. "I'm not the person who is one of the scorers on our team. I'm just as content making a good pass as taking a shot.
"But that night was special. Zac (Edwards) and I were in a good groove all night. It was just one of those games."
Head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder is hopeful there can be similar games in the future.
"We do have a number of scoring options on this team," said Snyder. "Anthony (Brinkley) has a nice shot and it was good to see him have big night. But he is one guy we don't have to totally rely on to score every night.
"(Brinkley) does all of the little things well on the court. He has had a nice career and has the potential to become an even better player this season."
Brinkley, who admits his future is with cross country and track and field, usually is a slow starter with basketball. But he has cherished his time on the hardwoods, a game he has played since his early youth.
"Cross country is really my sport right now, but I have always liked basketball," said Brinkley, who will be running and pursuing a degree in early childhood education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania next fall. "I'm using different muscles in basketball and my legs are a littl sore at the start of the season.
"I always look forward to basketball because it also breaks up my running seasons. It's fun to play with the guys we have right now, and we should be able to do well down the stretch.
"We ran into Nazareth to start the season, but then we wo two games that we were supposed to win. This week will be a big weeks for us because we have Bangor and Northern Lehigh. We need to be able to beat both of them."
After a spring and fall full of highlights, Brinkley surely wants to extend them over the winter months.
"We have a good team and we have been playing together for a while," he stressed. "It will be disappointing to all of us especially the seniors if we don't make a run at the league and get to districts.
"We have the talent to get there and we all have roles on this team. We just have to go out, execute, and win the games we're supposed to and the other ones as well."
For Brinkley, it could be another season of some special feats ahead.