BROCKTON, Mass. -- It might have been an anticlimactic way for Cardinal Spellman's Joey Glynn to reach a milestone. But that's probably how the soft-spoken Abington resident would have liked it anyways.
The 6-foot-5 senior forward came into tonight's home-opener with Bishop Fenwick needing just nine points to surpass the 1,000 mark for his career, and he surpassed the feat less than four minutes into the contest. Point 998 was a two-handed slam that put the home crowd on its feet. The next one, with the student section anxious to erupt, took a second to develop -- Glynn initially passed up the ball to start the possession, before finishing with a bunny of a layup.
Play was stopped as Glynn was given a standing ovation from the capacity crowd, followed by photo ops, first with his coach Mike Perry, then at center court with his family.
Glynn finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two assists, in a lopsided 64-35 win in which he sat most of the second half.
"A little bit, but it just worked out like that," Glynn smiled sheepishly when asked if he'd have preferred the dunk be his milestone.
As for point 1,000, "It feels pretty good, it's good to get that out of the way, so I don't have to worry about it anymore."
For Perry, it's a fitting way to the start Glynn's senior season, and he couldn't be happier for a kid he considers so selfless on and off the court.
"He's just a great person -- never mind basketball, just a nice young man," Perry said. "No ego. He's there on the bench in the second half, helping kids out, cheering them on. Couldn't happen to a nicer kid. He works hard at it."
Scouts from Division 3 schools as well as the Northeast-10 Conference were in the building to watch the small forward play. Glynn currently holds varied interest around the New England colleges, with St. Anselm offering a partial scholarship and Merrimack, Stonehill and Worcester Polytechnic all expressing interest. He currently holds one Division 1 offer, from the Naval Academy.
After leading the Cardinals to the Division 3 state semifinals at TD Garden last March, could we see another breakthrough with the senior this season? Perry admitted ballhandling will be an area of improvement for Glynn going forward, though he added, "yeah, but come to practice and watch what he does going through all the drills."
"You'll see it a little differently," Perry said. "He's shooting three's during practice, stuff like that. He was an 80-plus foul shooter for us last year, taking close to 100. But he's a great shooter for this area. He takes what they give him, which is what I think a smart basketball player does. But you come to practice, and he's out here running our drills, shooting three's like everybody else does.
"He can put it in the basket. He'll be there, believe me."