Girard — Achieving career milestones always brings great emotions. Despite nagging injuries, Girardo’s Thomas Cardiello knew it was on his floor if he was going to hit 1,000 career points.
On Tuesday night, in front of a packed gymnasium, the senior guards scored from the starting shots. A quick layup, a jumper, and a tray from the left side of the arc.
Within the first three minutes, he was in Girard’s record book. It was the highlight of his 48-32 loss of the Indians to McDonald’s.
“It’s amazing. I love that feeling,” he said of leaving his mark at home. Doing it on the home floor is a special moment that I will never forget.
“Getting out of the way and letting me rest for the next game. We still have a whole season left, but it was definitely about getting it done and getting out of the way. Done I was watching and[coach Craig Hannon]called a play and let me score three.
The contest was paused to honor the senior Indians in recognition of other members of the 1,000 Club in attendance via the public address system, including Athletic Director Nick Cochrane.
“I’ve worn the Girard jersey all my life. Coach Hannon came up to me and said I was the fifth person in the history of my school to do this. Girard jersey. It feels special to do it wearing a You may achieve it just by reaching this moment.
After the contest, Hannon had a big smile on his face as he watched the growth and development that Cardiello has accomplished over the years.
“Make him more proud to be an A-plus kid. “The 1,000 points is a bonus for all the hard work he puts in in the offseason, for all the invisible time, for all the good things he’s done.” Not just proud to represent that jersey, he represents it in the same way that no one has ever represented it before.”
While the Blue Devils held off Girard (7-1), McDonald’s (2-5) looked to have played a spoiler on a historic night. I hit 3 with Minchou.
Holding on 24-17 heading into the second half, Gus Johnson knew he needed to step up and find the next level after throwing a strong dunk earlier in the night.
A three-pointer to start the third quarter gave him just that spark.
“We went into the locker room and[Hannon]said they were back in a little bit. I said we need to start on ,” Johnson said. “I knew I would come out and hit three and start rolling from there.”
Johnson finished with 20 points and had to lead Girard with Cardiello suffering an injury.
As excited as Johnson was about his own performance, he was more enthusiastic about his teammates.
“I’m very happy with him. He’s worked the entire offseason and he’s been a great player,” Johnson said. I’m so happy to see him succeed like that.”
Alejalus scored 11 points, while Jordan Johnson and Thomas Cardiello scored seven. McDonald was led by senior Greg Costantino, who was pacing the team with his 15, including his four three-pointers. Freshman Joey Capussello followed with seven.
Knowing just how skilled Girard was, Blue Devils coach Jimmy Franchechelli knew his team had a fight on their plate.
“Our players are playing hard and really honed. If we can do that, things will change,” Franchecheri said. “Gus is a phenomenal athlete and Craig has an incredible preparation. , only the best for them. They are a solid team.”