Baker's Dozen

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   On 2/5/08, Edison sr. WG George Baker hit 13 three-pointers in a road game vs. King to break the city's one-game record.
   It was the third time that season that someone had hit as many as 10 treys.
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George and his patented
"jumper."

Edison's Baker makes record 13 treys in win over King

  This was likely the best-ever version of a Baker's dozen.

  Remember a few weeks ago how Thomas Edison High's Luis Martinez hit 10 three-pointers to tie the city record, but was outdone in another gym that very same day by Math, Civics and Sciences' Eric Johnson, who hit 11?

  Well, an Edison guy now owns the mark, but his name is George Baker.

  Yesterday, the 6-foot, 185-pound senior wing guard rained down 13 treys (in 21 attempts) as the visiting Owls rolled past Martin Luther King, 89-71, in a Public A game.

  His by-quarter breakdown: two, three, two and six. He shot 17-for-27 total en route to 48 points, five short of Steve Martin's 2005 school record, but went just 1-for-5 at the line. He added four rebounds, two steals and one assist (can't have everything), and a 14th trey went halfway down before popping out.

  "With 4 1/2 minutes left, our scorekeeper was saying I had eight," Baker said. "That shocked me, but I knew about the record being 11, so I thought maybe there was a shot. Nobody gave me the game ball, or anything, but everybody was excited."

  In unorthodox style, Baker has been an accomplished mad bomber since making varsity as a freshman. He barely gets off the floor on his jumper, but compensates with an incredibly quick release.

  He now boasts 1,298 career points for an 18.3 average. His current season includes just 10 games (he was slowed early by a lingering right-ankle injury) and this was his first appearance since Jan. 17, owing to a school suspension that cost him four games.

  "I didn't work on my game [during the layoff] as much as I usually do," he said. "I was still so mad at myself for what happened. It was one of those wrong-place, wrong-time things. Sitting out was tough. When they said the suspension was over. I got excited about getting out there again to help my team."

  Baker said he made "no more than two deep shots" during warmups.

  "By the end of the first quarter, I was feelin' it," he added. "I couldn't wait to get the ball again and my guys were feeding me nice. But when I messed up at the line [1-for-4] in the second quarter, I wasn't even thinking about threes. I spent the halftime break shooting nothing but foul shots. Not one other kind of shot."

  Because his squad severely lacks height, coach Kevin Reilly is a big proponent of three-balls. Anthony Colon (four) and Martinez (three) raised the team's total in this one to 20 (in 36 attempts). Martinez added six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Eric Jones dealt 10 assists.

  "I have some little shooting contests with Luis," said Baker, who lives near 5th and Allegheny and will go the junior-college route. "He's good, too. We go back and forth. At the end of practice, when we're real tired, coach has us shoot 50 threes apiece. One time I made 27 straight."

  Twenty-seven straight?! So, hitting 13 over the course of a game was a snap.

  "Nah," he said, laughing. "Because in this game people were guarding me."

  Kinda.


The city's Three-Point list, through Jan. 10, 2014.

No. Name School Year
13 George Baker Edison 2008
11 @Eric Johnson Math/Civics/Sciences 2008
10 Maureece Rice Straw. Mansion 2003
  @Luis Martinez Edison 2008
9 Bill Cummiskey Judge 1989
  Neal McGee SJ Prep 1992
  *Tom Tobin Carroll 1993
  George Edmonds Central 1994
  Lynn Greer Eng. and Science 1997
  Carl Guignard GAMP 2010
  Nadir Matthews Bodine 2011
  Matt Powers CAPA 2011
  Ryan Boyd Franklin Towne 2013
8 Gary Duda Malvern 1988
  Dave Distel Dougherty 1988
  Shawn Newman Dougherty 1991
  *Brian Pearce SJ Prep 1993
  #Ed Woehlcke Ryan 1994
  Tom Whitworth Chestnut Hill 1998
  Kairi Truesdale Lincoln 2000
  Mike Cram North Cath. 2001
  Mike Ezell Mastbaum 2001
  Baltazar Feliciano Kensington 2002
  Chris Hanes McDevitt 2002
  Michael Ganier Eng. and Science 2004
  Sammy Zeglinski Penn Charter 2005
  Steve Martin Edison 2005
  Jeff Jones Bonner 2005
  Luis Martinez Edison 2006
  Dwayne Davis Straw. Mansion 2007
  %-Luis Martinez Edison 2009
  %-Luis Martinez Edison 2009
  Mustafaa Jones Neumann-Goretti 2009
  Marcel Northcutt Constitution 2010
  Daiquan Walker Constitution 2011
  Tobias Stokes GAMP 2012
  Amin Taylor McDevitt 2013-14
  Ryan Boyd Franklin Towne 2013-14
  @-same day    
  *-same game    
  #-all in final 5 minutes  
  %-back to back games (12/08)  

  Special note -- On 12/29/11, in the championship game of the Lewis Bracket, played as part of
Wildwood's Boardwalk Basketball Classic, NINE Ryan players hit threes in a win over Pennsauken.
Gage Galeone and Shane Kelley had two apiece. Brian Okolo, Christian Rivera, Kyle Slawter,
Brendan Horan, Sam DuMond, Shawn Miller and Tim Raucheisen had one apiece.
 (If you can provide evidence of an occasion when as many players from the same team, or more,
hit three-pointers in the same game, please notify Ted at tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks!)

  Another special note -- On 1/28/13, in a regular season Catholic League game, Archbishop Wood
hit eight three-pointers in the FIRST quarter of a win at Conwell-Egan. Pat Smith led the way with
five while Shane Neher, Cody Fitzpatrick and Tommy Rush hit one apiece. Those eight successes
came in eight attempts. The ninth attempt (by Fitzpatrick) resulted in a miss with 1:14 left in the
quarter. Wood finished the game with 10 treys. Smith finished with seven. Eric Walsh, son of
coach Jack Walsh, hit one in the fourth quarter.