A dazzling senior guard, Brown led the Buckhorns to a big win over Valley View
HAWLEY — In this age of real-time social media, it didn't take very long at all for news of Jake Brown's latest hoops achievement to "go viral."
Wallenpaupack Area's wildly-talented senior guard scored the 1,000th point of his varsity career Friday night before an SRO crowd gathered on the shores of The Big Lake.
Brown came into this Lackawanna League game with Valley View needing just six points to join the list of all-time Buckhorn greats.
And, he didn't make his purple-clad fans wait long.
Jake drilled a pair of deep first quarter treys to arrive at 1,000 exactly. The second of those bombs came off a sweet pump fake that got two defenders off their feet at the top of the key.
"I was both excited and relieved," Jake told TWI Sports. "Now for the rest of the season I can just play my game and be relaxed."
Less than a minute later as the celebration raged on near the Paupack bench, no fewer than six videos of the historic shot had already been posted on Facebook.
"I can't express how appreciative I am for all the people that came out to the game and everyone who has supported me this season and through my career," he added.
The game resumed after a brief ceremony and Brown shifted his focus back to the task at hand, that of holding off a scrappy Valley View squad.
Thanks in large part to another stellar effort from the newest member of the 1,000 Point Club, Paupack rallied from an early deficit to deal the visiting Cougars a 60-51 setback.
Brown rattled the rims for a game-high 25 in leading the Buckhorns to victory. With this win, Paupack upped its overall record to 10-4 and 4-1 in league play.
Next on the agenda for Coach Rich McGinnis' lads is a Tuesday night home game with Scranton.
That Division I-II cross over contest is slated for a 7:15 p.m. start in Hawley.
On With the Game
Valley View came into Friday night's game bound and determined at the very least to slow Brown down.
As it turned out, that plan didn't work out too well.
The Cougars did build a 13-8 lead after one quarter, but Paupack retaliated in a hurry. The Bucks outscored Valley View by a margin of 15-4 in the second and took a 23-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Paupack pushed that lead to double digits in the third quarter, then cruised to a comfortable victory.
Anthony Bouselli tallied 10 points, while Eric Miller chipped in with nine and John Steffen added seven.
Nico Tereschak (four pts), Tyler Brexel (three) and Jamel Blanding (two) rounded out Paupack's team scoring.
Brown is averaging more than 20 points per game so far this season and he's been a fixture in the varsity line-up for four years now.
While Jake didn't set out to join the 1,000 Point Club, as time passed and the stats began mounting, he started to see it as a realistic goal.
"I mean, freshman year I didn't know if it was obtainable or not," he said. "After junior year, though, I realized it's something I could accomplish."
Brown is one of a very few players in the region who can score from just about anywhere on the floor. On Friday, Jake dialed up three long-distance treys, netted four field goals and went 8-for-10 at the line.
Basketball and family are two of the most important aspects of Brown's life and reaching this particular milestone has added significance.
"My family has a bunch of 1,000-point scorers in it, including my dad," Jake said with a big smile. "So, being able to get there is something special I think that we can share."
Jake is the son of Mike Brown and Kathy Allen, White Mills. He hopes to continue his hoops career at the collegiate level, but still hasn't made a final decision about his destination or his possible major.
Among the contenders are NYU, Middlebury and Ithaca.
Score by Quarters...
WA (10-4) 8 15 21 17 – 60
VV (4-9) 13 4 16 18 – 51