Multiple Teams · Jarod Lucas Scores 52, Becomes CIF-SS All-Time Scoring Leader

By Fred Robledo ~ SGV Tribune

Los Altos’ Jarod Lucas reached the mountain top and he did it passing some of the greatest names to ever play high school basketball in Southern California.

Lucas was on a mission to set the CIF Southern Section career scoring record in Thursday’s Hacienda League home finale against West Covina, and he did just that, pouring in 52 points to become the all time scoring champ.

And to add to the theatre, Los Altos held a ceremony afterward to retire Lucas’ No. 2 jersey, becoming the first Conqueror in school history to have his jersey retired.

Lucas, who began the night trailing all-time leader Casey Jacobsen (3,284, 1996-99) of Glendora by 51 points, is now the all-time leader with 3,285 points heading into next week’s CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.

“Kinda speechless, it means a lot,” Lucas said choking up. “I know my grandfather’s watching over me tonight. It’s a great feeling.”

Not bad for a 6-foot-3 kid headed to Oregon State who got to stay home with his neighborhood team and play for his dad, coach Jeff Lucas, and have such a historic four years.

“When he got that last point it was very emotional as a parent and a head coach, and for our family and school,” Jeff Lucas said. “And for him staying home and breaking the record like that is a great moment.”

And he did it in a 97-58 victory over West Covina while the Bulldogs spent the night double and tripling him, and seemingly trying to do everything to not let Lucas break the record.

 “I’m not sure what that coach was thinking,” Lucas said. “Especially toward the end with six minutes left and I needed two points and they had three guys on me and two the whole game. I’m just blessed.”Lucas scored nine points in the first quarter, then scored 18 points in the second and third quarters before getting the seven points he needed in the fourth, then checked out with just over four minutes left to call it a night.

It was a goal he thought was possible, though a longshot, when the season started.

“At the beginning of the year I told my dad, you think I can be No. 1 all time? He said no, you can’t,” Lucas recalled. “The first thing I did was go the gym and make 500 shots. And here I am, No. 1 all-time. It’s a blessing.”

Los Altos improved to 23-5 and finished a perfect 10-0 in the Hacienda League, which it won for a fourth consecutive year.

Lucas’ senior scoring tear has been the best in San Gabriel Valley history since Glendora legend Tracy Murray averaged 44 points a game to set the CIF-SS single-season scoring mark of 1,505 points during the 1988-89 season.

Lucas, averaging 40 points a game, raised his single-season scoring total to 1,118 points, which is fifth all-time in CIF-SS single-season history.

Lucas not only passed Jacobsen and Campbell Hall’s Aaron Holiday (3,260, 2012-15) on Thursday, but his career total is now fourth all-time in California history.

The California all-time scoring record is held by DeMarcus Nelson, who finished with 3,462 points playing for Vallejo and Sacramento High in the Northern section from 2001-04.


CIF Southern Section Boys Basketball career scoring leaders

(Through Tuesday, Jan. 31)

1. 3,285 Jarod Lucas, Los Altos, 2015-2019

2. 3,284 Casey Jacobsen, Glendora 1996-99

3. 3,260 Aaron Holiday, Campbell Hall, 2012-15

4. 3,216 Taylor King, Mater Dei 2003-07

5. 3,053 Tracy Murray, Glendora 1987-89

CIF Southern Section Boys Basketball single-season scoring leaders

1. 1,505 Tracy Murray, Glendora 1988-89

2. 1,259 Greg Goorjian, Crescenta Valley 1977-78

3. 1,203 Leon Wood, St. Monica 1978-79

4. 1,155 Louis Kelly, Cajon 1996-97

5. 1,118 Jarod Lucas, Los Altos, 2015-19