Brett Morrison hits 1,000 point milestone for Hopkins Academy

  • Brett Morrison, of Hopkins Academy, puts up a three-pointer in the first quarter against Sizer en route to scoring his 1000th career point Friday in Hadley. DAN LITTLE

Published: 3/5/2016 5:03:48 PM

HADLEY — Normally when a player nears 1,000 career points, there isn’t the mentality to just get it out of the way.

For the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team though, there are goals that go far beyond individual accomplishments.

Nonetheless, Brett Morrison got his moment in history on a right-handed layup in transition Friday.

“It’s nothing I really set out to do,” Morrison said. “It just happened along the way but it’s a good personal accolade to have.”

Morrison became the 21st member of the school’s 1,000-point club in the Golden Hawks’ 82-19 win over Sizer School in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinals.

“He earned it,” Hopkins coach Angelo Thomas said. “He’s a true competitor. But we’re glad it’s over. He feels the same way. Time to move on.”

Top-seeded Hopkins (21-0) advances to play No. 4 Lenox (12-9) at 8:30 p.m. Monday at UMass’ Curry Hicks Cage. The Golden Hawks beat Lenox 71-54 during the regular season.

“We still have two more goals to accomplish and that’s Western Mass. and the state,” Thomas said. “Lenox is a very tough team. But we’ve been (at the Cage) before. Hopefully we come ready to play.”

The Golden Hawks ran plays early for Morrison to get him the six points he needed to become the first boys player since Tyler Hammond in 2004 to reach the milestone.

“It’s good to have it off my shoulders and out of the way,” Morrison said. “But my teammates were finding me early and I can’t thank them enough.”

After Morrison went over 1,000 there was a timeout by Thomas and quick congratulations. Then it was back to business against the White Tigers (11-11).

Sam’i Roe led all scorers with 18 points for Hopkins. Spencer Butterfield had 16 points, while Jon Morrison chipped in with 14.

In a game where one-on-one scoring could have dominated, the Golden Hawks didn’t settle.

“I liked our unselfishness,” Thomas said. “We made the extra pass.”

Sizer was overmatched from the start and was down 26-5 after a quarter. In a game that wasn’t close, the Golden Hawks still needed to beat the team in front of them.

“That was a young team,” Thomas said. “But we couldn’t look ahead to anything else.”

Thomas emptied the bench late in the game. Junior Brock King electrified the crowd with consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Seventh-grader Braeden Tudryn got in on the act with a soft mid-range jumper in the fourth quarter.

Sam Mackin had five points off the bench for the Golden Hawks.

Vinny Rodriguez and Antonio Stakley led the White Tigers with seven points each.


Hopkins Academy 82, Sizer School 19

White Tigers (11-11)

S. Rodriguez 1-0-3, V. Rodriguez 3-0-7, Kimani 1-0-2, Stakley 3-0-7. Totals: 8-0-19.

Golden Hawks (21-0)

S. Butterfield 7-1-16, Ciaglo 1-0-3, Earle 1-0-2, Roe 5-6-18, B. Morrison 4-0-10, King 2-0-6, Kelley 0-0-0, J. Morrison 6-2-14, Waldon 1-0-2, Pipczynski 0-0-0, Graves 0-0-0. Mackin 1-2-5, Spanknebel 0-1-1, Tudryn 1-0-2. Totals: 29-12-82

Sizer School 5 0 2 12—19

Hopkins 26 26 11 19—82

3-pointers: Sizer 3 (S. Rodriguez, V. Rodriguez, Stakley); Hopkins 9 (Roe 2, Ciaglo, S. Butterfield, B. Morrison 2, King 2, Mackin).

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