Hopkins Academy’s Andrew Ciaglo nets 1,000th point on, what else? A 3-pointer

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  • Hopkins Academy’s Andrew Ciaglo, center, is congratulated by teammates, from left, Patrick Fitzgibbons, Braeden Tudryn, Colin Earle and Cody West after scoring his 1,000th career point on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hopkins Academy junior guard Andrew Ciaglo is hugged by his mother, Heather Ciaglo, after scoring his 1,000th career point midway through a 89-37 win over visiting Turners Falls on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hopkins Academy junior guard Andrew Ciaglo poses for a photograph with his parents, Fred and Heather Ciaglo, after scoring his 1,000th career point midway through a 89-37 win over visiting Turners Falls on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hopkins Academy junior guard Andrew Ciaglo is hugged by his mother, Heather Ciaglo, after scoring his 1,000th career point midway through a 89-37 win over visiting Turners Falls on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hopkins Academy junior guard Andrew Ciaglo (3) is applauded by the bench after scoring a three in the first half of the Golden Hawks’ game against visiting Turners Falls on Wednesday. Ciaglo scored his 1,000th career point in the third quarter, also on a three. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hopkins Academy junior guard Andrew Ciaglo, center, puts in two points over JJ Charles of Turners Falls in the second half of the Golden Hawks' 89-37 home win on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hopkins Academy junior guard Colin Earle, center, sends a pass over Turners Falls’ Levin Prondecki, left, in the first half of the Golden Hawks' 89-37 win at home on Wednesday. At right is Marcus Sanders of Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hopkins Academy senior guard Braeden Tudryn, center, sends a pass off under a press by Brendan Driscoll, left, and Marcus Sanders of Turners Falls in the first half of the Golden Hawks' 89-37 win at home on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hopkins Academy junior guard Andrew Ciaglo, left, sends a pass around Josiah Little of Turners Falls in the second half of the Golden Hawks' 89-37 home win on Wednesday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 2/10/2021 9:28:54 PM

HADLEY — Andrew Ciaglo held his follow through with his right hand and let his left arm swing. He knew the 3-pointer was the one.

The Hopkins Academy junior sat at 997 career points, and his previous two attempts from deep rattled halfway down before jumping out.

Not this one with 1 minute, 51 seconds left in the third quarter against Turners Falls on Wednesday. It bounced around the inside of the rim twice before dropping through, making Ciaglo the 26th member of Hopkins Academy’s 1,000-point club. The last player to do it was Samantha Jenks in Feb. 2018.

“I’m just glad I got it. I got it in and I was like ‘Everything’s out the window,’” Ciaglo said. “I was trying to go backdoor, and Braeden (Tudryn) was like no, don’t.”

Tudryn passed Ciaglo the ball on a dribble handoff to deliver the 1,000th point. He also assisted the clinching basket for Hopkins Academy’s previous two boys 1,000-point scorers: Jon Morrison and John Earle, which both happened on the same night in 2018.

“He’s one of the hardest workers,” Tudryn said of Ciaglo. “There’s no other guy that deserves it more than him.”

Wednesday, Tudryn flipped the ball to Ciaglo on a dribble handoff before he launched the clinching 3, his sixth of the night. It’s an action they’ve honed playing together since the third grade.

“We’re trying to move our players and move the ball. It’s not anything spectacular, it’s learning how to play the game instead of just a play,” Hopkins coach Adam Ginsburg said. “After a certain amount of time, they get comfortable with each other and know where each other are.”

Once the ball dropped through, the Pitbull song “Fireball” pumped through the gym’s speakers. Tudryn chest-bumped Ciaglo, and the rest of his teammates offered hugs, head rubs and high fives. He met his parents, Fred and Heather Ciaglo, at center court to receive balloons from Hopkins athletic director Erik Sudnick. They were the only two fans in the building because of COVID-19 protocols. The family embraced then momentarily lowered their masks for the ceremonial photos before restoring them and restarting the game.

Andrew is the first in his family to score 1,000 points for the Golden Hawks. Fred was a member of the Golden Hawks’ state-championship winning baseball team, and Andrew’s older brother Justin played on the three-peat Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship squads at Hopkins.

“Every time my brother tries to talk smack to me or something I’m going to ask ‘Did you do it?’” Andrew Ciaglo said.

Ciaglo checked out with the 24 points he needed and didn’t re-enter the game. The Golden Hawks led by 47 when he hit the shot. They won 89-37.

“You have to play how you’re supposed to play. When it comes back your way in the flow of it, you’re hoping that stuff happens,” Ginsburg said. “It’s not easy knowing everyone’s coming here to watch you. And it’s not like you have to get two points.”

Ciaglo was 24 points away entering the game. He didn’t start strong, as he didn’t score a point in the first quarter.

“It was in the back of my mind, but I was trying to not think of it,” Ciaglo said. “I don’t know why I couldn’t get off to a good start. It was terrible, but it happens.”

After forcing his first few shots with Turners Falls’ defenders keying on him, Ciaglo started to look for his teammates more. He had three assists in the first quarter. Tudryn and Jack Feltovic each scored seven points in the first quarter. Feltovic finished with 11 points, and Tudryn ended up with 10.

“Everyone took a lot of pressure off me by making shots,” Ciaglo said. “That was huge to help me getting going.”

Ciaglo opened the second quarter with a 3.

“I saw it go through, and it was over after that,” he said.

He poured in 16 points in the quarter, including four 3s.

“He’s dangerous in that. Once he either makes an assist or gets a steal, he gets that momentum and he keeps going,” Ginsburg said. “He just wants to attack. He’s got a gift for that.”

That quarter put the game away, too. Hopkins Academy outscored the Thunder 33-5 in the frame and led 56-17 at the half.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.




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