Larcom makes it two 1,000 point scorers in a week for Canton
Before this week it had been 17 years since Canton had a basketball player reach 1,000 career points.
Now, it's been two players in the past four days for the Warriors as Eddie Larcom scored 23 points on Saturday in a 71-34 win over Northeast Bradford to join teammate Emmett Watson in the 1,000-point club.
"I got off the phone with (1,000-point scorer) Dan Kasambira right before the game and it made me think about how long it had been and how rare it is to get 1,000-points," Canton coach, and Eddie's father, Lance Larcom said. "Now, to get it back-to-back games and they have been friends since they were born and they have played together since they were in third grade."
For Lance watching both players get the milestone was special.
"I felt the same way with Emmett I did with Eddie," Lance Larcom said. "I want my kids to be better than I was and to have two kids achieve a milestone at this school that I wasn't able to do is pretty special. To do it playing together and the thing is they never competed with each other, they always got along."
For Eddie getting a chance to join his friend in reaching the milestone is special.
"It just goes to show all the work we have put in since fourth grade," Eddie said. "We have played together all the way up. It's been a great experience all the way around."
For the past three games the nerves have started to hit Larcom. He needed 28 points entering a game against Towanda last week, but scored three in that game, three against Troy and struggled with his shot at times on Saturday.
"It's been drawn out," he said. "I didn't think it affected my performance, but it was in the back of my head and I only scored three points the last two games, so it was there."
What made things tougher on Saturday was Northeast Bradford's defense keying on Larcom throughout the game.
"They started the game with a box and one, went to a triangle with two people on me and finished with three people on me," Larcom said.
With the Panthers defense keying on Larcom he ended up assisting on 16 of the 21 baskets other players on the Canton team scored on Saturday.
That number might have actually been higher, but his teammates wanted him to reach the milestone on senior night.
"Every time I gave them the ball they tried to give it back to me," he said. "They really wanted me to get this."
The milestone came with 40 seconds left on a free throw after Larcom was fouled on a jump shot from the baseline.
He had some other chances down the stretch, getting six free throw attempts in the final three minutes needing one more point. But, it took until the sixth try to get the milestone.
"The anticipation was just getting to me," Eddie Larcom said. "I don't think I have missed that many free throws in a row before. I was just thinking it has to happen now there is 30 seconds left and I wanted to get this on senior day."
Lance Larcom knows how tough the free throws were with the crowd getting excited as he approached the milestone.
"The free throws would be tough for any kid," Lance Larcom said. "I was more impressed by the beginning of the game when he showed what kind of player he was with the assists. He was filling up the stat sheet without scoring."
Wes Moore had 14 for Canton and Watson had 13, while Jesse Lattimer finished with 11 points. Tim Bassett had seven for the Panthers and Mason Moore had three points.
Shawn Hakes and Todd Bonin led the Panthers with 13 each and Elijah Arias had three points in the game.
Aaron Pifer and Andy Seeley each had two points for NOrtheast Bradford and Jordan Goodwin finished with one point.
Canton won the JV game 31-23 with Mason Moore leading Canton with 14 and Logan Route adding 10 and Arias had 12 for the Panthers.