After sinking his second free throw with 54 seconds left in the first quarter of Minford’s 64-56 victory over West Friday night, Brandon Rowe took a moment to embrace his family sitting in the stands as the Falcon senior reached 1,000 points in his high-school career.
“It was great. Those are the people that have helped me through everything. It was just great to see them and hug them, and thank them for everything they’ve done for me,” Rowe said.
“It’s just a big honor. Not a lot of people get to do it. You only see the best players in the area do it. So, it’s a very big honor.”
Rowe admitted he was nervous to begin the contest as the milestone weighted on his mind.
“I was nervous,” Rowe said. “It’s kind of hard not to focus on it. It was hard but to get it out of the way quick and to play the way I did, it was a relief and a lot of weight off my shoulders.”
Falcons coach Josh Shoemaker was proud to see his senior star accomplish a difficult milestone.
“He’s been a four-year varsity player and a great players to coach,” Shoemaker said. “I’m proud of his accomplishment. I think the biggest thing is people don’t see how much work he puts in outside of the basketball games — in the summer, in the driveway — to get to where he’s at. It’s just all the hard work he’s put in to get here.
“I’m very proud. If you work hard, good things will come. This is just another example of it.”
While earning his personal accolade, Rowe was quick to point out that his entire team works extremely hard to accomplish its goals.
“I work just as hard as every other guy on this team,” Rowe said. “We work every summer, all summer. Since our seventh or eighth grade year, we’ve just been working to get better.”
As for his goals, Rowe wants to see his team win another SOC championship and make a return trip to the Convocation Center in Athens.
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