Reaching the 1000th point milestone for a high school basketball player doesn’t happen every day, but when it does emotions are always high.
For Elsberry Indians Rodney Chatman that milestone was captured Friday night. The game against Mark Twain wasn’t a normal Friday night game. First, it was the final home game of the season. Second, Chatman only needed 14 points to reach 1000. Lastly, it was “Senior Night” and Chatman was one of four Senior Indians honored that evening.
The game saw the Indians jump out to an early lead and by the fourth quarter Elsberry was in complete control. According to Chatman, he had no idea how close he was. His coach however, knew exactly how many points he needed.
“We started making Rodney play double shifts late in the game,” said Coach Chad Twellman. “He was exhausted.”
As he got closer and closer to the milestone, the crowd began to chant his name, his teammates fed him the ball and then it happened. Chatman needed only three points. The Indians ran a play they have run all year, a screen was set and the senior drained the three pointer and the crowd and his teammates rose to their feet.
This was Twellman’s first 1000 point scorer and as for Chatman, “It’s just points.” That was his response when asked about hitting his 1000th point of his high school career.