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Forget all about the great American Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773.

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Instead, remember Saturday, January 16, 2010.

That date will forever go down as the "G-Town 3-Party," during which Genoa (7-4, 4-2 Suburban Lakes League) poured in 11 three-pointers during a 79-42 non-league win over Cardinal Stritch.

That included one by senior guard Nolan Eli late, one by junior post player Luke Sutter early, and two back-to-back by Eric Schimming in the waning ticks. 

Meanwhile, junior shooting guard "Steamin" Stephen Clark fired a  ridiculous 7-of-10 from three-point land for a career-high 22 points.

"This was the best perimeter shooting display in a game by a Genoa Comet that I've seen in all the years that I've been here," said Coach Jeff Overmyer, the dean of SLL coaches with 10 campaigns nearly under his belt.

Clark’s seven treys shot down longstanding school records for three-pointers set by both Jimmy Plantz in the 1988-89 season and Nate Mollenhauer in 1993-94. Plantz knocked down six treys against both Rossford and Otsego, and Mollenhauer hit six versus the Knights.

"I think my coaches, and all of my teammates, wanted this record for me just as much as I did," said Clark.

"I really want to thank them, both my coaches, and my teammates, and the fans, because it's always a big help, to have all those people supporting me. I want to thank my teammates for getting me the ball, which helped me get the record. And I especially want to thank Coach (Jeff)  Overmyer, for keeping me in the game. It really means a lot to me.

"I really didn't even know how many threes I had, until I went to the bench one time, and my friend Hank (Loskorn) told me I had like five," remembers Clark.

Internet station WRSCRadio.com team announcers, Rick Waldron and myself, can be heard on the archived broadcast saying, "Every time the slight, but scrappy 5-9 guard touches the ball, he heats up like an industrial smokestack downtown, polluting the very basketball dreams of the Cardinals, and threatening to blow the roof off this gym."

"I wasn't really paying much attention to the crowd though," admits Clark, "I was just playing basketball, and trying to help my team get a win. But I knew later when I hit the seventh three, and I was really excited. It just really meant a lot to me, to see my coaches, my teammates, and the gym excited. It made me feel good to give my team a lift. Like Coach Overmyer says, 'Everything looks better on a night, when the ball goes in the hoop.' And I'd like to thank him, because Coach Overmyer has defintely helped me out this year."

So far, Clark has 12 long-range missiles made on 31 attempts. Less than a week later after the win over Stritch, Clark would turn in yet another multi-three performance, hitting two against Gibsonburg. The sharp-shooting specialist has connected on 8-of-17 from the floor, and 15-of-26 from the charity stripe, which has him tabbed as the fourth-leading scorer on the team. He also has 19 boards, 11 assists, and 10 steals.

"Stephen had been struggling the past few games, so hopefully this performance (against Stritch) will give him more confidence throughout the rest of the season," adds Overmyer. "As exciting a night as it was for him, it was also neat to see our players get excited for Stephen, as well. And the career-shooting night he enjoyed."

Matt Bassitt broke loose for his own "three-party" against Lake a couple of Fridays ago, to knock down four triples in a big third quarter, and finish with 21 points.

"Yeah, I was trying to break his record," Bassitt admitted.

Which is a kudo, of course, that Clark, passes right back.

"Matt is a great player, and he's taught me a lot just through watching him play," interjects "Clark.

Clark is quick to add that despite his lights-out performance from behind the arc he'd much rather take the ball to the rack and score on a sweet, ankle-breaking move, or dish the biscuit low to one of the taller, more-powerful players like Bassitt.

"I love just seeing his confidence out there, and the way he carries himself. I'm looking forward to playing with this team again next year," Clark said.

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