Jaworski eclipses 1,000 points as Perk Valley rolls past Norristown

GRATERFORD >> He’s planned for it since his childhood.

Now, during the middle of his senior season, Perkiomen Valley’s Justin Jaworski accomplished one of his goals since he was little — become a 1,000 point scorer.

Jaworski, eight points shy of the thousand-point mark entering Tuesday night’s home contest against Norristown, needed only six minutes to achieve the feat, netting his milestone-bucket with 2:08 left in the first quarter in what would become a 69-58 victory over Norristown in a Liberty Division clash.

“I was really excited to score it but at the same time we were focused on winning,” Jaworski said. “It was a goal I have always set for myself since I was little, so to reach that it was a little bit of a relief.

“To have the home fans there and to do it in front of our student section, that was big for me.”

Justin Jaworski is congratulated by teammates after scoring his 1,000th point during Tuesday’s game against Norristown. (Sam Stewart – Digital First Media)

Jaworski is the 11th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, and the first male basketball player to do so since John Boyd in 2008.

“It’s really a big honor to get that and it was a goal I had set for myself. Not that I expected to reach 1,000, but it was a goal that I set and one that I worked really hard to get to.”

Jaworski finished with a game-best 26 points with two 3-pointers as the Vikings built a 35-23 lead entering the half before fending off the Eagles in the final 16 minutes. Hogan Millheim finished with 18 points while Sean Owens finished with 12 points, also with two 3-pointers.

Darius McGowan scored a team-best 18 points for the Eagles, which saw their two-game winning streak end.

Elsewhere across the PAC:

Methacton 56, Owen J. Roberts 46 >> The Warriors’ David Duda traded buckets back and forth with the Wildcats’ Bobby Walker en route to a PAC Liberty Division win.

Duda edged Walker by a single point with a game-high 24 points with seven 3-pointers. Walker knocked down a pair from deep en route to 23 points as OJR trailed 29-25 at the half. Patrick O’Neill, Shamus Shields and Kyle Vance each chipped in with seven points apiece in the win.

Spring-Ford 79, Boyertown 54 >> Two Rams’ figured with 20-plus points as Spring-Ford outscored the Bears 44-19 in the second half to pull away with the victory in a divisional contest.

Chucky Drummond’s 22-point night was complemented by a 20-point from Ryan Fitzpatrick as the duo finished with four 3-pointers apiece in the win. Austin Hokanson also finished in double-figures, finishing with 14.

Jerry Kapp was the leading scorer for the Bears, finishing with 26 points including five 3-pointers.

Upper Perkiomen 65, Pope John Paul II 52 >> Suddenly the Tribe has put together a PAC winning streak, the latest a win over the Golden Panthers.

Ryan Kendra led the way with a game-high 26 points while Will Walker posted 14 in UP’s latest win, on the heels of last month’s victory over Pottsgrove to end a 72-game losing skid against conference opponents. UP trailed 13-12 after the first but outscored PJP the rest of the way.  Aidan McCarthy paced PJP with 16 points while Colin Loughlin had eight.

Pottsgrove 63, Phoenixville 50 >> The Falcons overcame a 26-point effort from Phoenixville’s Shyheim Abernathy to come away with a victory in a Frontier Division contest.

Nik Curnew finished with a team-best 18 points while Alex Salara added 14 points and Steve Hein 13 for a Falcons squad that led after every quarter.

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