Ellwood reaches 1,000 at NHS
It wasn’t the fairy tale overtime buzzer-beater … But it was pretty close.
Northampton senior Aidan Ellwood scored his 1,000th point in a Northampton uniform in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the K-Kids’ 81-75 win over William Allen.
“Since my freshman year, I always wanted to get up there,” Ellwood said about the 1,000-point banner hanging from the Schneider Gymnasium wall.
“I tried not to think about it when I’m playing, but that tends to happen. I just needed to keep playing and get it out of my head.”
Despite maintaining a double-digit lead for chunks of the second half, Northampton could not put the pesky Canaries away. Allen cut the deficit to three in the fourth quarter in front of a nervous K-Kids’ crowd.
After missing his first two attempts at reaching the milestone, Ellwood got a wide open look at the top of the three-point arc where he calmly knocked down the shot.
Officials stopped the game for a brief recognition of the moment. Ellwood presented the game ball to his family in the stands.
“He’s a great player, but a better person,” coach Coy Stampone said. “I’m so glad for him. To get that name on the banner is so, so big for us.”
“I’m proud of him and I’m proud of the team. He just makes the whole team better. Besides 1,000 points, he’s the engine that’s always going.”
Ellwood crossed the 1,000 career point plateau in his fifth game of this season, but over 200 of those points were scored in a different uniform. The Kutztown University commit spent his sophomore year at Allentown Central Catholic.
Ellwood is the sixth 1,000-point scorer in Northampton boys basketball history. The last to reach the milestone was Zach Serfass (2001-2005).
Other members of the 1,000 point club include Dennis Onkotz (1963-1966), Greg Vogel (1969-1972), Jim Fromhartz (1985-1988) and Duane Filchner (1987-1991). Fromhartz is the school’s all-time leading scorer at 1,342 points.