Carmen Northwest’s Ta’Quorion Tribune makes scoring history

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series examining Wisconsin high school records that are unlikely to be broken. The series will run through July.

Ta’Quorion Tribune wasn’t particularly excited during the warm-up, and he admits he was more worried about the next match than the match he was going to play.

There was no indication that Milwaukee Carmen Northwest point guard’s performance in his team’s 2023 WIAA Division 3 boys basketball postseason opener against Milwaukee Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy would become one for the record book.

“I thought it was just a game to prepare for (the next day’s game), but honestly I wasn’t too worried about that game,” Tribune said.

Brian and Ta'Quorion Tribune

Brian Tribune (left) stands next to his son Ta’Quorion Tribune after his record-breaking score on March 3, 2023.


That all changed when Tribune scored 44 points in the first half.

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“I don’t know what it was, but every time I shot the ball it felt good,” Tribune said.

Tribune’s dominant first half helped Carmen Northwest go into halftime with a 55-point lead and sparked a conversation between Tribune and coach Dupree Fletcher.

Fletcher wanted to rest the starters in preparation for the regional final, but Tribune made the case to keep playing after learning he was 22 points shy of the state record.

“We knew at halftime where the record was and we went for it because things like that don’t happen often and you don’t want to miss a kid’s blessing,” Fletcher said.

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Tribune came out chasing the record in the second half, shooting the ball even when two or three defenders were running at him. The Lions even tried switching to zone defense, but to no avail.

The fans in attendance stood up with each shot attempt and told Tribune how many more points he needed after each basket for the state record.

The 6-foot-10 Tribune scored his 77th point on a free throw late in the second half, breaking the state single-game scoring record that had stood for 67 years.

The previous record was held by Neenah Menasha St. Mary’s Ron Dibelius, who set it in 1956.

“It’s crazy to score 77 points in the first playoff game of my senior season, and when it happens in the playoffs, it’s even better,” Tribune said. “It feels great to say I’m on the state record list, and it’s even harder because I’m a shorter guard.”

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Tribune made 16 three-pointers, 12 shots from beyond the arc and five free throws in the 122-61 regional semifinal win over Carmen Northwest on March 3, 2023.

His previous career-high was 36 points, which he achieved in the 2022 season opener against the Milwaukee Academy of Science, according to WisSports.

“I didn’t see that happening,” Tribune said. “Honestly, it was something that came out of nowhere and surprised me and everyone. My teammates kept feeding me the ball, so thanks to them and my coach for letting me go for the record.”

Tribune was doused with water by his teammates as he entered the locker room after the game. However, the celebration was short-lived as top-seeded Carmen Northwest immediately shifted its focus to playing No. 4 Dominican.

The Dominican Republic upset the Eagles 95-66 in the regional final, ending Carmen Northwest’s quest for its first state title.

“Unfortunately, because we were going for the record, I wore them down a little bit for the second game and we ended up losing,” Fletcher said. “I would never say I wouldn’t make that decision again, but it would have to be more strategic.”

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Both Tribune and Fletcher believe the record may never be broken. Tribune said only guards have a chance to break the record because of their ability to make three-pointers. Fletcher said a rule change is needed to drop the record.

“It’s really hard to score that many points in high school, especially since there’s no shot clock in the WIAA,” Fletcher said. “Also, a lot of teams play zone, so that’s at least 35-40 possessions when he scores and you can’t really miss because you only get 50-70 possessions in a game total.”

Tribune is a freshman at Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo and hopes to create a similar legacy to his at Carmen Northwest.

“Carmen Northwest is not known for basketball, so that state record is good for the school and the community itself in Milwaukee Public Schools,” Fletcher said. “We don’t get that much recognition and it’s good for me to see something of the city that may never be destroyed again.”

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Milwaukee’s Ta’Quorion Tribune Carmen Northwest scored a state-record 77 points in his team’s 122-61 WIAA regional semifinal win over Milwaukee Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy on March 3, 2023.