By Phil Anastasia
Myles Powell scored the bulk of his 1,000 career points in a Medford Tech uniform.
So it was more than a little ironic that Powell reached the historic milestone in a game against his old team.
Powell, a 6-foot-3 guard, hit a deep three-pointer from the wing to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the first quarter of host Trenton Catholic's 74-56 victory over Medford Tech in a Burlington County League inter-division game Monday night.
"He's still a Jaguar," said Medford Tech coach Nick Powell, who is no relation to the player. "I'm happy for him. Anybody that scores 1,000 points has accomplished something special."
Powell finished with 15 points, and Syracuse recruit Malachi Richardson, a 6-foot-6 junior swingman, added 23 points with eight rebounds and four steals for Trenton Catholic (3-3), the No. 18 team in the Newark Star Ledger's state rankings.
Junior forward Dennis Tunstall collected 19 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Medford Tech (4-4).
"We're a young team that has to learn how to put together 32 minutes," said Nick Powell, whose team built a 30-26 halftime lead.
Myles Powell played his first two varsity seasoons at Medford Tech. He scored 886 points for the Jaguars and combined with then-junior Eli Cain to lead the team to the South Jersey Group 2 title last season.
But Cain transferred to St. Benedict's and Myles Powell transferred to Trenton Catholic last summer.
Myles Powell said it was "tough" to play against his old team.
"I was going against my old school and it was hard to play against them," said Powell, who has re-classified as a sophomore academically although he is regarded as a junior in terms of his eligibility under NJSIAA rules.
Trenton Catholic coach Fred Falchi said Powell is likely to play next season for the Iron Mikes, then participate as a fifth-year athlete at a non-NJSIAA program such as St. Benedict's or Life Center Academy.
Falchi said Powell played well under difficult circumstances.
"I thought he was pressing a little bit early but he settled down," Falchi said. "He played much better in the second half."
Myles Powell said he realized last week that he was likely to score his 1,000th point against his old team.
Myles Powell said he received a congratulatory text message on his 1,000th point from Nick Powell on Sunday -- a day early.
"I wanted to be the first," Nick Powell said. "I told him before the game I wished he was still with us. I'm proud of him. I wish him the best."
Medford Tech 15 15 9 17 - 56
Trenton Catholic 14 12 24 24 -- 74
MT: Dennis Tunstall 19, Isaiah Williams 5, Sidney Harris 4, Shakwell Vincent 12, Derick Jones 11, Ricky Matinez-Jones 2, John Armstead 3.
TC: Malachi Richardson 23, Myles Powell 15, James Wright 23, Tennyson Lewis 4, Dajore Alford 2, Marquise Bell 4, Tony Ellington 3.
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