At eight minutes before 7 last night, Ryan Creighton drove down the lane and into the record books.
The 6-3, 220-pound senior from Greenport made a floating one-hander with 3:21 left in the third quarter to become the all-time leading scorer in Long Island boys basketball history before a thrilled full house at Greenport High School.
That shot gave him 2,615 points, surpassing the record of 2,613 that Kenny Wood of East Hampton set in 1989.
"A lefthanded dribble, get to the hole and finish," is how Creighton described his 17th and 18th points of the League VII champion Porters' 85-35 win over Shelter Island. "It's a great feeling being from a small school way out east. There's definitely a sense of pride."
The countdown to the record was depicted by sheets of gold construction paper taped on a wall behind one basket. Each had a purple number, from 17 down to 1. They were removed, one by one, with every point.
Creighton prolonged the drama by playing his usual team-oriented game, passing out of constant double-teams early. He had six points in each of the first two quarters. He made a layup with 5:23 left in the third to creep within three of the record. He tried to get it all at once, missing a trey right in front where his parents, Angela Smith and Leon Creighton, sat.
"Everybody was counting by then," he said. "I knew how many points I needed."
He grabbed his own rebound, drew a foul and sank both free throws. He delayed the inevitable moments later by passing up yet another open shot to feed Wally Sorenson for a layup. The next possession, however, was his, and so was the record.
"I was relieved," he said. "I was thinking, 'It's over!' "
He exited with 6:30 remaining after scoring 25 points, giving him 514 for the season and 2,622 overall. Creighton moved one point ahead of Kenny Anderson, the former Molloy star, and into the No. 2 spot in New York history. No. 1 is Sebastian Telfair of Lincoln, with 2,785.
Greenport (17-2, 14-0) has a maximum of eight games left, if it reaches the state final.
"Everyone will want me to break Telfair's record," Creighton said. "But I'd rather have a state title."