Iron Man: Patrick O’Brien is the Cal Ripken Jr. of high school basketball

Posted: March 19, 2010 by Jared Field in High School
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FLINT, Michigan — Flint Powers’ Patrick O’Brien will tie the state record Tuesday night for most games played by a boys basketball player in the 85-year history of the MHSAA. He will tie it in one of the biggest games of his long career — versus Detroit Country Day, arguably the state’s best team.

The record is held by former NBAer Mark Macon of Saginaw Buena Vista, who played 105 games over four years. O’Brien has scored 1,367 points in his career.

By the Numbers: O’Brien’s teams

Freshman: 20-3

Sophomore: 20-8

Junior: 26-2

Senior: 22-3 (through regionals)

  1. A Coggins says:

    Maybe I am looking at this the wrong way, but shouldn’t this award be for varsity games played only? I love how O’Brien plays – tough as nails. I think he is the most valuable player on that time – this year AND last year. Still, I just don’t find it impressive if they are not all varsity games. Just my opinion…

  2. truth says:

    patrick will have the record for a year then patrick lucas-perry his teammate will most likely break it

  3. Hoopsguru says:

    Inadvertantly in this case it does. Had PLP not repeated 8th grade, he would be class of 2010 like O’Brien. He would not have been near the impact player as a class of 2010 freshmen as O’Brien was. The extra year of middle school will allow him a legit shot at breaking O’Brien’s record next year.

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