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Dan Loriaux shoots 10,333 three-pointers at ClubSport

Dan Loriaux knows a thing or two about setting world records.

The 23-year-old basketball player currently holds three records in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for the sport.

On Saturday, Loriaux headed to ClubSport Oregon on Lower Boones Ferry Road near Bridgeport Village to set one more.

Loriaux wanted to set the world record for most NBA three-point shots in 24 hours.

"I have always had a competitive side," Loriaux said, laughing. "To the point where it's a flaw."

Loriaux isn't a professional basketball player. In fact, he failed to make the basketball team at his alma-mater, the University of Virginia, each year he attended. But his moves were good enough to land the former Wilsonville High graduate in the "Guinness Book of World Records" this weekend.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dan Loriaux, now 23, set the world record in Tigard for most NBA three-point shots in 24 hours.

Starting just after 3 p.m., Loriaux had to make more than 7,007 baskets.

He had passed that mark in a little more than 12 hours.

By 6 a.m., he had made 9,000 three-pointers.

Then he heard something pop.

"I had about five or six hours to go, and I felt something in my arm, and I knew that wasn't good," said Loriaux. "It was spasming a little, and my elbow and wrist were tensing, and I could feel it swelling."

It hurt before and after every shot, Loriaux said, but he kept shooting.

"People wanted me to stop, but after everything everybody had put into this, there was no chance I was going to stop shy of 24 hours," he said.

By the 24-hour mark Sunday afternoon, Loriaux had made 10,333 three-pointers.

The love of breaking records started a few years ago.

"My brothers would read those big, shiny Guinness record books," he said. "They saw the record in there for most three points in a minute and said, ‘We could beat that tomorrow.' So we did."

Over the years, Loriaux has set a few world records.

Loriaux currently holds the record for most three-pointers in one minute (25), the most three-pointers in two minutes (46) and in an hour (989).

Loriaux has spent years training to play basketball.

"I put a lot of time into basketball, and I wanted the work I put in to translate to something tangible," Loriaux said.

Loriaux's injuries did some damage.

On Monday, Loriaux's arm had hardly healed. Red and swollen near the elbow, the 23-year-old medical student is pretty sure he did some damage to a tendon and ligament in his arm.

"I was wearing a band athletes wear for tennis elbow," he said. "By the end of the 24 hours, I had it so tight just to keep the tendon in place. Every time I brought my arm back or extended it, it was like someone plucking on it. It really sucked."

Loriaux's right foot is covered in blisters. He can't bend his wrist, and he lost a toenail during the attempt. But he said, it was worth it.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dan Loriaux's 24-hour-long world record setting event took place at ClubSport near Bridgeport Village. The West Linn resident passed the previous world record for three-point shots by more than 3,000.More than a chance to get his name in the record books, Saturday's event drew more than just a crowd of supporters to ClubSport. It also brought awareness - and donations - to an organization that Loriaux has been involved with since he was a teenager.

Since 2002, Mentor Athletics in Wilsonville has worked with low-income youth to play sports. Volunteer coaches mentor students through sporting activities.

Students are matched one-on-one with an adult coach who helps them practice a sport and provides a role model for kids, said Mentor Athletics founder Darren Gulbrandson.

"I don't think anybody has as much influence on a kid as a coach does," Loriaux said. "Sports are uniquely suited to teach kids the right kind of values and priorities to make you successful in wherever you want to go, and Darren is the best at that than anyone I have ever met."

Gulbrandson was at Saturday's event and said that although Loriaux was in serious pain by the end, he surpassed everyone's expectations.

"He just blew it away," Gulbrandson said. "At the end he was really hurting. He had torn a tendon in his elbow, and his mom was in tears saying he needed to stop. He's the type of person who just doesn't give up, and he fought through it."

Loriaux has volunteered with Mentor Athletics for years. When he moved to the East Coast to study at the University of Virginia, he continued volunteering during holidays and breaks.

In two weeks, Loriaux leaves to attend Duke University School of Medicine. Unable to mentor a young athlete while he is away, he told Gulbrandson he wanted to give something back to the organization that inspired him over the years.

Loriaux outlined his plans for Saturday's world record-breaking attempt, and local businesses and friends donated to Mentor Athletics in support.

"It's hard not to support Mentor Athletics once you hear about them," Loriaux said. "Even if somebody donated $10, that means they could go to Oaks Park or something together."

Although final tallies aren't available, Gulbrandson said he expects Saturday's world record to bring in between $4,000 to $5,000 to the organization.

"That is far more than I had ever imagined." Gulbrandson said. "I had figured he would make maybe a few hundred dollars. That would go a long way to help the program, so this will go a really long way."

Donations are still coming in, Loriaux said, but he wishes he could have done more.

"Compared to what he does, I've done nothing," Loriaux said.

With no more three-point records to break, Loriaux said he's likely done with Guinness, at least for the time being.

"Who knows," he said. "Maybe I'll try for most three's in a fortnight or something."