Greg Lawrence was pleased to get the 1,000th point of his varsity basketball career.
He was even more thrilled to get a win over Redemption Christian Academy during Friday night’s Pack the House finale inside the Coyle Gym.
Lawrence poured in 30 points on the night—eight of which came directly off of dunks by the 6-foot-5 forward—to lead GFA to a 70-63 win.
After his first bucket of the game, Lawrence was officially honored for surpassing the 1,000-point mark.
“It’s a dream come true,” Lawrence said. “But I’m happier we got the win, too. I’d have been pretty upset if I got it and we didn’t win.”
Lawrence is the third GFA basketball player this season to surpass the 1,000-point milestone, joining teammate Cole Prowitt-Smith (Dec. 18 in a win over Rye Country Day) and Katherine Marcus (Dec 8 in a win over Hotchkiss).
He is the 12th GFA player—and ninth boy—to reach the milestone.
“Greg’s had a great career and he’s a great leader and I’m really happy for him,” GFA coach Mike Jarvis II said.
Lawrence and Prowitt-Smith are also long-time friends from the same town. They grew up together and attended Fairfield Ludlowe together for two seasons before transferring to GFA.
“To be honest, my freshman year, I never thought I’d hit 1,000,” Lawrence said. “Cole and I have been through a lot together and to get 1,000 in the same year is very special.”
GFA’s first-year head coach Mike Jarvis II realizes there is a special bond between the two long-time friends and teammates.
“It was great,” Jarvis said. “Those guys have a great connection. It’s going to be great for them to come back here and see their name up on that 1,000-point banner.”
The win was GFA’s eighth in a row and improved the Dragons’ record to 10-3 on the season.
“We’re really starting to click, so it’s been great,” Lawrence said. “Our main goal, though, is to build off of every game and every practice. We’re coming on Monday ready to get better.”