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Huddleston overtakes Madkins as Merced's career scoring leader

SALIDA -- Tucked in a corner of the Merced High gymnasium, there's a picture of former Bears star Gerald Madkins, right next to his retired jersey.

Madkins, who went on to UCLA and the NBA, scored 1,707 career points for the Bears and is considered one of the top high school basketball players to ever come out of the Stanislaus District.

In Merced's game against Vanden at the Modesto Christian MLK Classic on Saturday afternoon, Bears guard Allen Huddleston surpassed Madkins as Merced's career scoring leader.

Huddleston scored 35 points -- 30 in the second half -- as the Bears held on to beat the Vikings 81-78 at Modesto Christian High. Huddleston now has 1,724 career points for Merced.

Huddleston, who was born in 1991, missed seeing Madkins on the court in the late 1980s, but he's still aware of his legacy.

"I've heard stories about him," Huddleston said. "I've heard he's one of the best players to ever come out of Merced."

He's also spent his last three varsity years looking at that picture of Madkins.

"I look at that picture a lot," Huddleston said. "During practice, during games. ... I dream about seeing my picture up there one day."

Against the Vikings, Huddleston didn't get going until the second half.

"(Vanden) did a good job on me in the first half," Huddleston said. "But they were a little more loose in the second half. I made a couple of (3-pointers) and got going."

Huddleston broke Madkins' record with a 3-pointer with 2:16 left in the third quarter. He poured in an additional 16 points in the fourth quarter.

"You look at Madkins' numbers, and you think that's something that's going to last for a long time," Merced coach Marcus Knott said. "Then a guy like Allen comes along.

"He scored a lot of points with Jarrett (Sparks) the last two years; and this year he's matured to the point where he can handle being the focus of the offense."

He's got the entire second half of the season to go, as well.

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or 578-2300.

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