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Corey Baker joins Granby basketball 1,000-point club

  • Brandon Cloutier, right, of Granby, celebrates with Corey Baker after Baker scored the 1,000th point of his career against  against Renaissance Friday.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Brandon Cloutier, right, of Granby, celebrates with Corey Baker after Baker scored the 1,000th point of his career against against Renaissance Friday.

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  • Corey Baker, center, of Granby, stands with his parents Jim and Roxy after scoring the 1,000th point of his career against Renaissance Friday in Granby.<br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Corey Baker, center, of Granby, stands with his parents Jim and Roxy after scoring the 1,000th point of his career against Renaissance Friday in Granby.
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  • Corey Baker of Granby takes a shot against Renaissance Friday in Granby. Baker scored the 1,000 point of his career in the Rams' 63-52 loss.<br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Corey Baker of Granby takes a shot against Renaissance Friday in Granby. Baker scored the 1,000 point of his career in the Rams' 63-52 loss.
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  • Granby's Corey Baker hugs his father Jim after scoring his 1,000th career point against Renaissance Friday in Granby.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Granby's Corey Baker hugs his father Jim after scoring his 1,000th career point against Renaissance Friday in Granby.

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  • Devonte Marshall, top, of Renaissance, blocks a shot from Granby's Corey Baker Friday in Granby.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Devonte Marshall, top, of Renaissance, blocks a shot from Granby's Corey Baker Friday in Granby.

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  • Anthony Raul, right, of Renaissance, blocks a shot by Brandon Cloutier of Granby Friday.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Anthony Raul, right, of Renaissance, blocks a shot by Brandon Cloutier of Granby Friday.

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  • Brandon Cloutier, right, of Granby, celebrates with Corey Baker after Baker scored the 1,000th point of his career against  against Renaissance Friday.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Corey Baker, center, of Granby, stands with his parents Jim and Roxy after scoring the 1,000th point of his career against Renaissance Friday in Granby.<br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Corey Baker of Granby takes a shot against Renaissance Friday in Granby. Baker scored the 1,000 point of his career in the Rams' 63-52 loss.<br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Granby's Corey Baker hugs his father Jim after scoring his 1,000th career point against Renaissance Friday in Granby.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Devonte Marshall, top, of Renaissance, blocks a shot from Granby's Corey Baker Friday in Granby.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Anthony Raul, right, of Renaissance, blocks a shot by Brandon Cloutier of Granby Friday.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

GRANBY — Corey Baker saved the longest embrace not for a teammate or family member, but for a coach.

And it wasn’t his head coach.

When Baker scored his 1,000th career point Friday, he and Granby assistant Logan Brown shared a moment. The two hugged. It was a moment between past and present and a moment between friends and former neighbors.

Baker needed two points to become the school’s 11th player to reach the coveted milestone. He scored a fast-break layup 40 seconds into the Rams’ 63-52 loss to hit the mark.

The game was stopped and Baker celebrated with his teammates on the court. He then hugged Brown.

“He was a childhood friend,” Baker said. “When I was 5 or 6 we’d get a group of guys together and play some games. He’s definitely helped with my development.”

The seven-year age difference didn’t stop the Deerbrook Drive residents from playing all day and night.

“We always had street games and he was little. I was always trying to teach him the things I knew at that age and constantly working with him,” Brown said. “Mike Fernandes was always playing with him, too. He was two houses down from us. We were really tight-knit when we were younger and growing up on the same street.”

Brown scored his 1,000 point in 2006. Baker was in the stands that January night. Since then, Mia Sapowsky, Genn Roy and Clinton Sapowsky joined the club.

“He got to see me score my thousandth and I know that was one of his personal goals for a while,” said Brown, who lives in Chicopee. “It was a pleasure and honor to be here and experience it with him. It was something really special to me to be able to give him the game ball.”

It was the fourth time Granby head coach Tim Sheehan saw one of his players reach the milestone. Keith Roy also hit the mark in 2005.

“For Logan, tonight was one of those things as a coach you get to appreciate,” Sheehan said. “I saw him score his 1,000 and he always said to me, ‘I’m not leaving until he gets his.’ He’s a great kid and I know Logan was very happy for him tonight.”

The Rams (13-2) led 19-18 at the end of the first quarter but Renaissance (14-2) opened the second with 7-0 run to take command. Granby cut the deficit to 27-24 with 48 seconds left in the second but a 5-0 run gave Renaissance a 32-24 halftime lead.

The Phoenix then opened the third with a 12-3 run to take their largest lead 44-27 with 4:55 left.

“They were the better team,” Sheehan said. “Their effort was a heck of a lot better than ours. In stretches, I thought we did well, but I still think this game came down to turnovers.”

The Rams cut the deficit to six twice in the fourth but couldn’t close the gap.

“They had the edge just a little bit,” Baker said. “We beat them the first time and we knew they were going to come out strong, real strong. We answered but it wasn’t enough.”

While Baker achieved one goal Friday, there is still one more out there. In 2005, Granby, with Brown a junior, won its only Division 3 sectional title. The Rams have yet to return to the Curry Hicks Cage.

“When I saw him score (1,000) I said that’s what I wanted to do,” Baker said. “I got past this goal. I haven’t been to the Cage yet so I’m looking forward to see if we can get there this year.”

Baker finished with a game-high 22 points. Andy Gifford had 12 on four 3-pointers.

John Togba had 15 to pace Renaissance. Ernest Johnson, Carlos Gonzalez and Devonte Marshall each had 14 points.

Mike Moran can be reached at mmoran@gazettenet.com. Follow on Twitter @mikemoranDHG.

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