The benchmark dream of every high school basketball player was realized Monday night by Bishop Stang junior guard Damien Perry.
In the first minute of the fourth quarter, with the Spartans trailing, 49-48, against host Bishop Feehan, Perry sprinted downcourt after senior guard Malik Morris came away with a steal. Morris’s outlet pass was on point to Perry, who converted a heavily-contested layup.
Perry let out a scream that energized the Bishop Stang fans in the stands, who rose in unison to congratulate him on his 1,000th career point.
Perry was fouled on the play — and was also hit with a technical for excessive celebration.
Luke Sullivan tied the game at 51 with two free throws, but Perry (26 points) was not done.
He orchestrated a 15-6 run in the last five minutes that propelled the No. 19 Spartans to a 71-61 victory in this Eastern Athletic Conference battle in Attleboro.
“Honestly I kind of forgot about it,” Perry said of his scoring milestone. “I was just more worried about winning the game than anything.”
Bishop Stang was flustered early in the first half by the Shamrocks’ zone.
Bishop Feehan slowed the tempo and used their size to command the boards and keep the Spartans out of the paint. Bishop Stang was able to take a 15-10 lead after the first quarter, but the Shamrocks were able to tie it up, 29-all, at the half.
In the second half, the Spartans (8-0) were able to play their style of fast-break basketball, but Bishop Feehan didn’t flinch.
Big shot after big shot came from Sullivan (14 points) and Bradford Nelson (16 points, 7 rebounds) that pulled the Shamrocks (5-4) within one, 48-47, at the end of the third quarter.
But the night — and the game — belonged to Perry.
The 5-foot-10-inch guard drilled a 3-pointer with 3:50 to play that put the Spartans up, 59-55, and ignited the team’s game-ending 15-6 run.
“It was just a great team effort,” said Bishop Stang coach Colbey Santos. “Next guy up. We try to preach that, and it really showed tonight.”
Malden 61, Swampscott 41 — Senior guard Fern Berard scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Golden Tornadoes.
Burke 74, Worcester South 47 — Senior McCarthy Akinkuoye and junior Devante Jamison both had 18 points for the Bulldogs (8-0).
Everett 96, Peabody 52 — Senior guard Ghared Boyce poured in 38 points and classmate Isaiah Likely scored 21 for the Crimson Tide (5-1).
St. Mary’s 70, Cathedral 51 — Junior guard Jalen Echevarria scored 25 points for the 16th-ranked Spartans (5-2) in the Catholic Central win.
Fontbonne 75, Notre Dame (Hingham) 39 — Senior Annabelle Larnard paced Fontbonne (7-0) with a season high 28 points, also adding 10 rebounds.
Norwell 53, Pembroke 52 — Jayne Howe scored 19 points for the Titans but they were unable to overcome the Clippers in overtime.
South Shore Voc-Tech 57, Upper Cape 22 — An all-around effort by Maddie Dixon (4 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) keyed the victory.
Medfield 59, Lincoln-Sudbury 38— Maggie McCarthy piled up 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 14 steals to lead the victorious Warriors (7-2).
Melrose 62, Stoneham 37 — Senior Alexis Doherty scored 19 points while freshman Sam Dewey scored 15 points to go along with nine rebounds to lead the Red Raiders.
Duxbury 4, Quincy 0 — Tanner Smith netted a pair of goals and Steve Pisani earned the shutout for the Dragons.
Nobles 3, Rivers 0 — Senior forward Katie Tresca scored two goals and junior forward Maddie Bayard scored one to lead the Bulldogs.
St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 98, Xaverian 85 — Jon Crowley won the 200 IM (2:23.85) and the 100 breast (1:09.41) to lift the Pioneers (2-4).
Wachusett 94.5, Shrewsbury 58.5 — Christian Paredes won the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyles to lead the visiting Mountaineers (4-3) past the Colonials (0-6) at Clark. Brandon Yu won the 100-meter butterfly and the 100-meter breaststroke for Shrewsbury.
Shrewsbury 106, Wachusett 74 — Michelle Muchnik won the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter butterfly to power the host Colonials (3-2) past the Mountaineers (3-4).For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or email email@example.com.