COPENHAGEN, Denmark – While at Hot Springs High School, Mickey Dennis was part of a boys’ basketball team that came within seconds of going to a state tournament and breaking a long string of disappointing seasons for the Bison.
Now, 16 years later, the 1997 graduate is a 6-foot, 2-inch, swingman for SISU, a basketball team based in Copenhagen, Denmark, that’s a member of the Ligaen Professional League in the Scandinavian country.
Recently, on Jan. 12, during what was described as an “exciting match” against league-leading Randers Cimbria, Dennis scored 20 points to help SISU to a 106-103 overtime win. According to a published article on the web site www.fullcourt.dk, with his first basket of the game, Dennis eclipsed the career scoring mark in the Ligaen league.
After the win, Dennis’ career total stood at 4,184 points, topping the old mark of 4,160 points held by Peter Johansen. Dennis added 17 points in a loss Jan. 21, to increase his career total. He has played the last six years in Denmark after also playing professionally in Australia.
“A scoring record was never one of my goals,” Dennis says in the story of the game. “I never thought I would play this many years in Denmark and although I still have not won a championship, I am happy how it all ended.”
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In 1997, Dennis was a member of the Hot Springs High School team that came within seconds of advancing to the Class “A” State Tournament. Hot Springs lost that year to Douglas, 34-32, in the regional championship game at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, on a shot at the buzzer.
According to stories in the Hot Springs Star from that time, the Bison had defeated Douglas a short time before by nearly 30 points, but were forced into a slow-down game for the tournament title.
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