The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 7, 2013

Jon Gerardi's high school boys basketball column: Milestone achieved in loss

Everyone inside of Donald Eichorn Middle School in Lewisburg on Monday kept anxiously waiting. Every shot that went up was another opportunity for Chad Diggan to hit the milestone.

The 6-foot senior entered the Heartland Athletic Conference crossover game 17 points shy of the 1,000-point threshold and against a tough Lewisburg team, he'd have to work for every one of those 17 points.

Slowly but surely, Diggan kept sinking basket after basket.

Seven points after the first quarter. Nine as Milton went into the half. Thirteen after three.

The game almost became secondary for Milton fans in attendance. A 20-point deficit at times was in the back of their minds as Diggan kept launching up shots.

As the magic number got smaller and smaller, the fans in attendance for Milton were more than excited. Those final three points, however, seemed to be the toughest for Diggan to finally get.

Every trey he put up, every Milton fan collectively gasped, only to see it come up short.

"(Each shot) kept rimming it out, that sucks when that happens," Diggan said with a bit of a laugh after Monday's 70-49 loss to Lewisburg.

With 4:01 to play, Diggan let go a beautiful shot that he, and majority of the Milton fans, thought was a good 3-pointer that would've given him exactly 1,000 points only to see the referee put up two fingers, as his foot was on the line.

"I shot it and it went in and I was just waiting (for a reaction). And I was like 'this isn't what I expected to happen. I thought people would (cheer),'" Diggan said.

It didn't take much longer for Diggan to get that final point as he put up a nice shot inside the paint against a Lewisburg defender with 2:38 to play. Diggan was congratulated by teammates, his parents and those in attendance with a round of applause as the Milton cheerleaders held up a banner for his accomplishment.

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