Not too many current and former high school basketball players can say they scored 1,000 points over the course of their career. Whether it’s playing for a program riddled with talent or struggling to score early as a freshman or sophomore because of the difference in physical maturity, reaching the 1,000-point mark is no small feat at the high school level.
Jake Jasonpassed that mark as a sophomore at Old Colony.
Generally, players who eclipse that mark as early as he did attend a junior/senior high school that carries seventh and eighth graders on their roster. That was not the case with Jason, who accomplished the feat in two years. Of course, that put 2,000 points within striking distance, as well as Old Colony’s all-time basketball scoring record, which Karen Walshhad set at 2,009 points.
Jason surpassed both marks in Monday’s 73-38 win over Sacred Heart.
“I’m glad it’s over, to be honest,” Jason said. “I’m really glad it’s over with. I was tight: I was pressing out there a little bit. It was just like that when I scored my 1000th point. I was tight in that game, too. But I was expecting it. I was a little nervous.”
Jason’s family – mom Cathy, father Jim, and sister Brooke – were all on hand to witness the senior forward reach both milestones. As were his teammates, of course, and coaches, who were excited to witness something unique.
“It’s probably something you see once in a lifetime,” Old Colony basketball coach Matt Trahan said. “I go back to knowing him as a kid seeing him progress over time. We had a mark of him getting his thousandth point as a sophomore and when it happened fairly early, you knew this was possible. He’s just a great kid in the fact that he’s an adult in a kid’s body. He’s mature beyond his years and knows how to handle tough situations: he speaks well: he’s a great kid, a model student, you couldn’t ask for a better representation of what basketball players should be.”
“It was amazing because I’ve worked with him over the last four years,” Old Colony center Tony Wright said. “To be able to watch him go through the 2,000, watch him get all those points, it’s an honor to be with him. He’s a really great kid: he works hard for it. He deserves it.”
Now Jason can just focus on playing with the distractions in his rearview mirror. He and the rest of the Old Colony Cougars (12-1, 2-1 Mayflower Small Vocational) host Upper Cape on Friday at 6:30 pm, following their Wednesday matchup with Norfolk Aggie.
Old Colony girls basketball snapped its three-game losing streak with a 37-24 win over Sacred Heart. Savanna Hallescored 12 in the win, while both Katherine Kirbyand Isabel Souzascored nine. The Cougars now improve to 4-9 (2-2 Mayflower Small Vocational) on the season.
Old Rochester Regional
Old Rochester Regional girls basketball continues its tear through the South Coast Conference – and pretty much whoever else is willing to face them – improving to 8-8-1 in the league (12-1 overall) after moving past GNB Voc-Tech 45-23 and then Wareham 50-23.
Maggie Brogioliled the Bulldogs in the win over the Vikings with 12 points, while Annie Perryscored nine. Ashley Soaresand Mary Butlerled the Bulldogs against Voc-Tech with 12 and 10 points, respectively. ORR visits Somerset Berkley on Friday at 6:30 pm.
After taking down GNB Voc-Tech 80-71, Old Rochester boys basketball came up just short against Wareham, losing 74-63. Following the loss, Old Rochester (9-3, 7-2 SCC) remains the top team in the SCC Large Division, only having two losses to everyone else’s three. (Wareham is the top team in the SCC regardless of division with only one loss.) Cole McIntyreled the Bulldogs with 21 points in the loss, while Nick Johnsonscored 18 and Noah McIntyreadded 11. ORR hosts Somerset Berkley on Friday at 6:30 pm.
High School Sports Update
By Nick Friar