Allen Park Inter-City Baptist HS boys basketball player Evan Kraatz (10), here in a game against Southfield Christian in March 2013, set the all-time assist record in 74-57 victory over Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest Tuesday. (Jose Juarez / Special to Detroit News)
It took four years and not a game was missed.
Allen Park Inter-City Baptist senior guard Evan Kraatz broke Michigan’s high school all-time assists record (726) in the second half Tuesday in a 74-57 victory over Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest, finishing the game with 16 points and nine assists.
Kraatz now has 732 assists, eclipsing the record previously held by Eric Turner of Flint Central (1978-1981).
“As a dad, it’s a special thing that your son was able to do this, and you were able to coach and be a part of it,” said Inter-City coach Mark Kraatz, Evan’s father. “It was nice to see, and it’s a record that’s been intact for (33) years.”
Mark praised his son not just for breaking a record, but for being such a team player.
“Any person that gets assists, his teammates have a large part of it,” Kraatz said. “Evan’s makeup is a selfless type of person. He enjoys someone else getting success.”
The way the game was going, it was looking like Evan might get the record in the first half, as he had three assists in the first two minutes. He finished the first half with four assists, and Kraatz knew the record was his son’s for the taking in the second half.
“We try not to say anything,” Kraatz said. “I set up a play for this brother, Garrett. Unfortunately, his brother didn’t get it, he got the rebound, and dished it back out.”
Luke Barber scored the shot that helped Evan break the record.
Garrett Kraatz finished with 11 points, and Barber finshed with 21 points. Bryan Miscovich and Justin Lepor both had 16 points for Lutheran Northwest.
Evan Kraatz isn’t done just yet though. He still has three-regular season games left, plus a district game, and “hopefully more,” Mark Kraatz said. “ If he stays healthy, it’s going to make it hard for the next guy to catch up to him.”
Chris Zadorozny is a freelance writer.