This town and that town are forever claiming to be a dynasty for this sport or that sport. The proof is in the pudding with the town of Malone. Last Thursday night, if you turned on your television you would have witnessed not one but two Malone basketball players at the next level. Curteeona Brelove was playing for Virginia Commonwealth on one channel with Antwain Johnson playing for Middle Tennessee on another channel.
Both players are graduates of Malone High School and both played a part in their team’s wins Thursday night. Curteeona Brelove made two critical free throws to put her team ahead with one minute left on the clock. Virginia Commonwealth went on to win 62-55. Brelove led her team in rebounds with nine against Richmond, and added 12 points.
Antwain Johnson was playing for Middle Tennessee, nailed a shot from downtown to pad his team’s lead. They went on to win 80-77 over Rice University.
When contacted by phone, Johnson said of his play at this level, “It’s going good. We have gotten a lot better since the beginning. It was good to get the three pointer.”
Antwain has never forgotten his roots. In the interview following the game, Johnson said of his hometown, “I want everybody to know that I appreciate all the support they’ve given me. At the end of the day, that’s who I do this for. I got a lot of respect for Mr. Doug Powell. He’s an awesome man, will help you anyway he can.”
Congratulations to these players, their families, and to the faculty and staff of Malone High School.