Elijah Wilson ties Michael Jordan’s 32-year-old single-game school scoring record

For 32 years, Michael Jordan has stood alone as the king of New Hanover (N.C.) E.A. Laney High School. Now he officially has company.

As reported by Wilmington ABC affiliate WWAY and North Carolina CBS affiliate WNCT, Jordan's school record for points in a game, set in 1980, was matched for the first time by a new Laney star on Monday night. Elijah Wilson scored 42 points in Laney's 68-62 victory against New Bern (N.C.) High in a wild quadruple-overtime matchup in the first round of North Carolina's Mideastern Conference Tournament.

Laney High star Elijah Wilson — NCHS.K12.NC.US
Laney High star Elijah Wilson — NCHS.K12.NC.US

The highlights that begin at the 2:00 mark of the video above certainly showcase the senior's breadth of skills. Over the course of Monday's game he scored on strong drives to the hoop, deep threes and a handful of nifty moves on which he created space for his own shot.

Until Monday, Jordan had been the only Laney player to score 42 points in a game, achieving the feat in 1980 when he led his Buccaneers squad to a victory against Eastern Wayne (N.C.) High. Unlike Wilson, Jordan had his massive scoring explosion in regulation, though Wilson's achievement came with the added pressure of playoff basketball.

Like Jordan, Wilson appears to have a penchant for making the most of a dramatic backdrop as well. Just moments after tying the school record for points in a game, Wilson committed to play college basketball at the College of Charleston.

It's unknown whether Wilson had planned to make that commitment all along, or whether he decided the moment was right after leading his team to a major win. Either way, the decision should come as welcome news to Cougars fans.

[Related: Was Michael Jordan really cut from his high school team?]

If nothing else, they can take comfort that a player with strong karmic ties to His Airness is heading their way.

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