Three different venues, three different shots, three different players. Three seniors on the Keene State College Men’s Basketball Team are now part of the 1,000 point club.
The last time three players reached 1,000 points in the same season was back in 1989, when John Jennings, Jeff Johnson and Mark Laselle all hit the career milestone.
Seniors Ryan Martin, Anthony Mariano and Eric Fazio have now made history for the second time.
Having three players hit 1,000 in the same season says a lot about the talent the men’s program has. Head coach of the men’s basketball team, Robert Colbert said, “I’ve had 14 1,000-point scorers in 14 years and I think that is the impressive number, not for me but for the program.” Colbert added, “Three in one year is really special because it speaks to the system that we run, that kids were afforded the ability to utilize their offensive strengths.”
The first to score their 1,000th point was senior and team leader, Ryan Martin. Most impressive about Martin reaching his thousandth point: he did it in just three years after transferring from the University of Maine his sophomore year. Martin reached the milestone at a home game against U-Mass Boston when he hit a mid range jump shot. The basket was significant in more ways than one. Aside from being his 1,000th point, the basket took the lead for the Owls with little time left on the clock and KSC ended up winning the game.
Martin was surprised to hear that the basket was his 1,000th point. “It was something I didn’t even know I needed to get before the game, it was kind of a surprise when I heard I had 1,000 points,” Martin said.
Although it was never a set goal for Martin, he figured he would reach it anyway. “It was never a goal of mine, but I mean it’s something that I figured I could get if I stayed healthy and kept working hard,” Martin said.
It doesn’t surprise Coach Colbert that Martin scored 1,000. “What makes him special is his work ethic. I’ve never seen a kid get in the gym more and get more shots up and take such pride in his offseason work ethic,” Colbert said.
The second player to reach 1,000 was Anthony Mariano during an away game at Rhode Island College. According to KeeneOwls.com, Mariano got a breakaway and laid the ball in. Mariano said this accomplishment feels good. “It was one of my goals kind of coming in so it feels good knowing that all the work that I’ve put in, that I’ve finally accomplished something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Mariano said. Mariano was also happy to see his fellow teammates reach the milestone as well. “It was good seeing other people do it because I know how hard they worked too.”
Coach Colbert has seen Mariano develop in his four years of playing. “He developed more of an inside penetrating game as well as his outside shooting ability.” Colbert added, “We’ve always known he can shoot but his ability to get to the rim really developed as he got older.”
Last to reach his 1,000th point was Eric Fazio. Fazio scored the point on a free throw at an away game at Eastern Connecticut State University. Fazio was also glad to reach this accomplishment. “It was a pretty awesome feeling, I knew I wanted to work on it since I was a freshmen so it was a feeling of achieving great success — like knowing your entering a group of prestigious players,” Fazio said.
Colbert commented on Fazio scoring 1,000 as well. “He’s done it a different way. He’s done it inside and out against bigger, stronger kids. He doesn’t have a variety of post moves so it’s just been will,” Colbert said.
Not long after Fazio scored the point, he took a charge that put him down for the count. Fazio was taken to the hospital on a stretcher and suffered a severe concussion. “I was glad I got the 1,000th [point] and I’m proud of that, but besides that I don’t remember,” Fazio said.
Fazio was forced to sit out for the rest of the season until the LEC championship game against Rhode Island College, Saturday, Feb. 23, Fazio came back strong and scored ten points in the game.
Unfortunately, the Owls came up short for the title, falling to RIC 60-53.
Although the Owls didn’t come out with a title this season, they came out with three players who can now say they belong to the very prestigious Keene State College Men’s Basketball 1,000-point club.
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