Brody Douglass scored his 1,000th career varsity point against Ticonderoga Jan. 24.
Brody Douglass became the third varsity basketball player in AuSable Valley Central School history to score 1,000 points on Jan. 24, as his Patriots upended the Ticonderoga Sentinels, 64-27, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference action.
Douglass is the first Patriot to reach the milestone since 1996.
Douglass tallied the five points he needed to reach 1,000 early in the first quarter. The senior led a Patriot charge for a coast-to-coast layup, then batted away the ensuing in-bounds pass, gathered the basketball, made another strong move to the hoop and hit a short jumper while being fouled. Douglass swished the resulting free throw, triggering a pause in play and an ovation from an audience he called, “the biggest home crowd I’ve ever played in front of.”
In the second quarter, the point-forward threw down his, “first dunk as a Patriot” to put his team up 41-7.
“Scoring 1,000 points means a lot to me,” he said. “It shows all the work I’ve put in. I’ve played AAU basketball since I was 11. I probably play basketball eight or nine months out of the year.”
“Growing up, he was always in the gym,” said AuSable coach Jamie Douglass, Brody’s uncle, who let him attend varsity practices as a child. “I always expected him to be good, and he always expected himself to be even better. He plays hard every night, and the fans see him, but they don’t realize that he practices that hard, and by practicing that hard he’s making somebody that he’s practicing against a better player. He and Shane (Douglas) go at each other, and it’s made Shane a better player, and everybody feeds off it.”
Though Brody is one of the most proficient scorers in school history (the all-time record of 1,151 points was set by John Nixon), it’s the fact that he strives to be a complete basketball player that has the Patriots in the hunt for a championship.
“The most important part of his game is his willingness to share the basketball – to do whatever it takes to win,” his coach said. “He constantly looks for the easier pass and the easier shot. His court vision is outstanding. When he’s dribbling he’s always looking for the guy in front. He’s led this team and he’s got them to buy into being unselfish. It’s a great team effort.”
“You have to be unselfish: When you get other people involved it makes everyone more passionate about the game,” Brody said. “We don’t care has the most points. We care that we win. That’s all that matters to us.”
The Patriots improved to 9-0 in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference with the win over Ticonderoga. Shane Douglas led AuSable with 18 points in the contest, Nick Rhino had 17, Brody finished with 16, John Hickey and Connor Manning added four apiece, and Nate Casey and Austin Depo dropped in three and two, respectively.