Basketball Awards go out to boys
Thursday, March 22, 2012 6:26 AM
Mabel-Canton center Steve Smith has been named to the 2012 SEC All-Conference Boys Basketball Team. Smith, a 6'2" senior, was also named to the All-SEC first team last year, and has won numerous awards, both on and off the court.
Smith scored 538 points as a senior, and closed out his high school career with 1,379 total points; eclipsing the boys' school record by 57 (held by Andy Dahlen). In his final appearance as a Cougar, Smith also topped the record for career points scored by any Mabel-Canton player in history when he exceeded Marty Dahlen's girls' record of 1,374.
Smith also shattered the career rebounding record this season, which was held by his brother, Joe, at 562. Steve Smith ended with a career total of 806 rebounds, 318 for his senior year.
In conference games this season, Smith was third in the SEC in scoring, averaging 20.5 points per outing (19.9 overall). He was second in rebounding (12.1 per SEC game, 11.8 overall), and second in blocks (2.3 per SEC game, 66 in all 2011-12 contests).
Senior point guard Jacoby Bigalk won honorable mention on the SEC All-Conference list. He was again named Most Valuable Player in 2012 team award voting, an honor he also won as a junior.
Bigalk scored 237 points during the 2011-12 season. He grabbed 104 rebounds, blocked 18 shots, and had 42 steals.
Team awards also went out to junior center Tyler Stortz as Most Improved Player, and senior guard Gabe Lind as Hardest Worker.
Although he didn't start, Stortz saw action in 18 games this season. Lind scored 134 points, contributed 68 rebounds, had 42 steals, and started in all 27 games, hitting the court in each and every half of play for the Cougars.