Staley senior Trevor Lamb came into Friday night’s home game against Oak Park with an eye toward making a bit of personal and program history.
And despite a motivational ploy from Staley James Wheeler, Lamb knew exactly what he needed to gain the milestone.
Lamb went to the free-throw line late in the second quarter and calmly drained both shots, giving him his 1,000th career point in Staley’s 73-58 victory. He’s the first boys basketball player to reach the milestone in Staley’s seven years of existence.
Lamb finished with a game-high 26 points. He needed 14 to get to 1,000, but he was told otherwise.
“They were telling me I was farther away than I actually was. I was told I needed 16.” Lamb said. “Some kid asked me at school if I was 13 away, and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ But word came through, and I knew what I needed.”
Wheeler called timeout after Lamb made the second free throw, and Lamb was given the game ball and a standing ovation from the fans in attendance.
“It felt great. It feels like all the hard work throughout my years came together, and it feels like I accomplished something greater than myself,” Lamb said.
Wheeler and Lamb hugged as the announcement was made.
“Four years ago we put our time and energy and focus into a young group of kids who were going to be sophomores. Those sophomores that we rode pretty hard are now seniors, and Trevor was kind of the cornerstone to that youth movement that we went to three years ago,” Wheeler said.
“He’s preseason, offseason, summer, in season. He’s been the guy that’s been the flagship of our program.”
Oak Park, 1-9, stayed within arm’s reach in the first half, and scored the first four points of the third quarter to pull within two.
But Staley, 6-2, responded with a 13-3 run that put the game away. Lamb scored the final 8 points of the outburst, including his second dunk of the game.
“They held us down with the zone a little bit, but we came in at halftime and figured out what we needed to do to beat them. We picked our tempo up and came out and played hard,” Lamb said.
Beau Baker scored 15 points for Staley. Oak Park got 19 points from Marvin Joseph, and 14 from freshman Kaden Evans.
The two schools also held a week-long fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Wheeler estimated that Staley raised $2,500 for the cause.