Perkiomen's Eric Fanning takes aim at the basket before getting a shot off shortly before scoring his 1,000th point last Friday.
Fanning Reaches 1,000 Points
The Perkiomen boy’s basketball team pushed their winning streak to 13 straight last Friday night with a 69-47 victory over the visitors from Mercy Vocational High School, and Senior Eric Fanning eclipsed the 1,000 point mark as a Panther.
Perkiomen jumped out to an 8-2 lead thanks to the shooting of senior Nizar Kapic who opened the game with a three pointer then added a field goal and a free throw on his way to a 10 point first quarter.
Mercy though ran off six straight of their own, and half way through the first quarter the score was tied 8-8.
Fanning who entered the game 18 points shy of the 1,000 point plateau rarely touched the ball through the first six minutes of the opening quarter, and had collected just four points from the charity stripe.
It wasn’t until the closing seconds of the first quarter that Fanning notched his first field goal of the game when he hit a short fade away jumper. The basket was the first field goal in what would become an 18 point run for the Panthers.
Perkiomen started the second quarter the same way they had opened the game with Kapic scoring a basket. Fanning added two. Tyler Kohl scored a pair of field goals. Fanning hit on two. Bruce Brittingham who reached the 1,000 point mark last year drained threes on consecutive trips down the court. Fanning added two.
Though the game had become a rout at 30-10 the anticipation of Fanning reaching 1,000 had kept those in attendance at the Hollenbach Athletic Center interested, and when Kapic stole the ball at mid court with 1:45 left in the half a milestone was just seconds away from becoming a reality.
Kapic hit Fanning on a breakaway, and almost as if it had been scripted the Perkiomen senior jammed it through the hoop for a total of 1001 points as a Panther.
“I was a little anxious about it (getting to 1,000) before the game, but now that it’s over it feels really good said Fanning after the game”.
According to Fanning he had collected just over nine hundred points at Trenton Central before transferring to Perkiomen two years ago. With a scoring average that’s over 21 points a game Fanning will most likely reach the 2,000 point mark before the 2012 season comes to an end.
Kelvin Green accomplished that feat back in 2002 when he ended his career with 2,283 points at Perkiomen.
The win all but locks up a number one seed for Perkiomen in the Tri-County League playoff tournament set to kick off Monday February 13, and according to Fanning it’s what he and his teammates have been focusing on since day one.
“I really have only one goal left and that’s to win the league championship. We all want that. We want it bad. We lost last year so it’s been our focus since the beginning of the season.”
Perkiomen will play at home Thursday when they take on Collegium Charter at 4:00p.m. then finish the season February 8 when they host Upper Perkiomen at 5:30 p.m.