Austin Tillotson joined his buddy and Eastern York teammate Andrew Nicholas in a select group Wednesday night.
The junior guard (above) broke the career 1,000-point scoring plateau, hitting a driving layup late in the second quarter of the Golden Knights’ 80-50 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg in the title game of the Wrightsville Rotary Tournament.
The game was stopped for a short ceremony, Eastern coach Larry Fisher said Thursday, in which Tillotson was given the game ball and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Tillotson became the 15th Eastern York player to reach the milestone, and the first since fellow junior Nicholas hit the mark as a sophomore in a Feb. 4 win over Kennard-Dale.
“I know it meant a lot to him,” Fisher said via phone Thursday. “Personally to reach the 1,000 point mark is a goal for a lot of players, and it just puts a stamp on what he’s done. … It says a lot about what type of player he is, even though he’s not just a scorer.”
Tillotson came into the game needing 12 points to reach 1,000. He was sitting at 11 points before his second-quarter lay-up. Tillotson was fouled on the shot, and completed the three-point play.
Fisher said he could tell the weight of the milestone had been nagging at his junior point guard.
“Before the game we talked about it, and just having it come during the course of the game and not to dwell on it too much,” Fisher said. “But I could see it was weighing on him a little bit.
“I know he wanted to do it at home, and to have the big crowd there, it worked out well.”
Tillotson — who finished with 18 points and is averaging 17.7 per game this year — has received some attention from lower-level Division I colleges. Fisher said Lafayette, Bucknell and William & Mary were the three that have shown the most recent interest.
“No one new in the mix. With us playing some of the teams we’ve been playing, it’s kind of hard to get a lot of momentum,” Fisher said. “But in the next month with some of the team we’ll be playing, it should be a good showcase.”
Eastern (6-0) travels to play Delone Catholic (4-2) on Tuesday night at 7:30.