Make room Maceo Wofford, Justin Johnson and David Anderson. You, too, Carlos Rivera, Mark Edstrom, Donn Johnston and Mike Maisto.
You guys have a new member of your exclusive club.
Tommy Campion's baseline jumper with 5:56 remaining in Saturday evening's Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 basketball game at McElrath Gymnasium not only gave him a career-best 40 points, but it also allowed him to reach the 1,000-point career mark, a place occupied only by the seven Jamestown alumni mentioned above.
Jamestown High School senior Tommy Campion drives to the basket, on his way to a career-high 40 points during Saturday’s Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 basketball victory over Lancaster.
P-J?photo by Scott Kindberg
At right, Campion shoots a baseline jumper early in the fourth quarter to become the eighth player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
Photo by Chance Scott
''Before the game, I was talking to Maceo (now a Red Raider assistant coach) and he told me, 'Tonight, you'll get 30.'''
Campion was even better than that.
The senior guard shot 14-of-26 from the floor, including 7-of-14 from the arc, and connected on all five of his free throws. The offensive explosion is believed to be the first time a Red Raider has scored 40 points in a regular-season game since Wofford, who graduated in 1999. Jaysean Paige tallied 42 points in a Section 6 Class AA semifinal game, also against Lancaster, two years ago.
''I'm proud of him,'' Jamestown coach Ben Drake said. ''He's worked so hard to get to this point. It's pretty difficult to score 1,000 points in high school.''
No would could have predicted he'd get to that point last night.
But after scoring 17 first-half points, Drake asked assistant coach Marty Stockwell to confirm how many more points Campion needed to reach 1,000. When Drake was informed it was within striking distance, he pulled his co-captain aside early in the third quarter.
''I told him, 'You need 23 more,' and he told me, 'Yeah, that's no problem.'''
As it turned out, it wasn't.
In the third quarter, he poured in 21 points, including four 3-pointers, as the Red Raiders, who led, 38-15, at halftime blew the game wide open.
''It's not very often that you see someone score 40,'' Drake said. ''It's happened only one other time since Maceo. ... Tommy needed that to get him back on track.''
Campion was limited to nine points in a road win against Williamsville North on Tuesday, but he and his teammates were hitting on all cylinders against the Redskins.
Junior Quinn Lee Yaw had 12 points and six assists, sophomores Branden Kellam and Zack Panebianco had 10 rebounds and five assists respectively, and another sophomore, Stephen Carlson added five rebounds and four steals.
The Red Raiders return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Frontier. With wins in their remaining three regular-season games, Jamestown can clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Section 6 playoffs.
''Frontier is never an easy place to play,'' Drake said. ''We just can't have any letdowns. we have to be playing really strong heading into the playoffs.''
Jankowski 3 0 6, Lis 1 1 4, Murray 0 0 0, Zimpfer 5 1 14, Stotz 0 1 1, Kostek 1 0 2, Musso 2 2 6, Spengler 4 0 11, O'Brien 4 2 10. Totals 20 7 54.
Kellam 2 0 4, Lee Yaw 4 4 12, Colwell 2 1 5, Panebianco 2 1 5, Campion 14 5 40, Carlson 3 0 6, Hoaglund 1 0 3, Park 2 0 4. Totals 30 11 79.
3-point goals: Lis, Zimpfer 2, Spengler 3, Campion 7, Hoaglund.
Lancaster6 9 16 23 - 54
Jamestown15 23 26 15 - 79
Jayvees: Jamestown 49, Lancaster 47.