Whenever Julia R. Masterman School needs a hoop, the basketball team has two players capable of putting the ball in the basket. Mike Sturdivant and Gary Bryant have made some made some big shots for Masterman.
Sturdivant and Bryant are both doing a great job of scoring the basketball. They are two of the top scorers in the Public League. Sturdivant, a 5-foot-11 senior, is averaging 22.3 points a game. He’s also the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,420 points. Bryant, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, is averaging 22.6 points a game. Sturdivant and Bryant have formed quite a scoring combination.
“It’s been a lot of great players here,” Sturdivant said. “I owe a lot to my teammates, coach (John) Gannon and everybody. I’ve always been able score. I started playing when I was four. I played CPN and Little League at Sayre High School. I worked out with my dad. I would go to the gym and take 1,000 shots a day.”
Sturdivant and Bryant are no strangers to playing the game. Actually, they’ve been playing together for quite some time.
“It’s great playing with Mike,” Bryant said. “We’ve been playing together since about the fifth grade. We’ve played in the leagues together like Hank Gathers, Sonny Hill and AAU. We have good chemistry. That’s how we do the things we do together on the court.”
Sturdivant has seen Bryant develop his game over the years. Bryant has the knack of getting to his spots on the court. Sturdivant, Masterman High’s point guard, knows how to get him the basketball.
“Gary has the confidence,” Sturdivant said. “He’s going to score. He’s a great player. We’re both working hard to try to get to the playoffs.”
Sturdivant and Bryant have performed well on and off the court. They’re both interested in playing basketball in college next year.
“I’m going to work on my ballhandling,” Bryant said. “I’m going to work on my defense, too. I know the players are bigger and stronger in college. So, I’ll be working hard this summer.”
“I would like to play in college,” Sturdivant said. “I think Masterman has really prepared me for going to college. We’re not just basketball players. We’re leaders. The school keeps you well-rounded.”
Sturdivant and Bryant are headed in the right direction. Masterman will host Olney on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3:15 p.m.