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Two milestones, one team

Jack Gerber

Only a few players have scored 1,000 points in the history of the East Grand Forks Sacred Heart High School boys basketball program. Now the Eagles have two together in their lineup..

Jack Gerber reached the 1,000-point milestone in his career Monday, scoring 14 points in a 79-64 win against visiting Goodridge-Grygla. Senior classmate Jordan Tomkinson scored his 1,000th point earlier this season.

It is believed to be the first time in the program's history that Sacred Heart has had a pair of 1,000-point scorers together in its lineup.

"It's been awhile coming for me,'' said Gerber, a fourth-year starter. "You don't think about any stats when you're out there playing. It's all about the team.

"Jordan and I play well together. He's always looking inside to pass. And I'm always looking to screen for him.''

The two have been a complementary one-two punch for the Eagles, the 6-foot-6 Gerber in the post and the 6-2 Tomkinson at guard.

"It helps having two kids with their ability to score,'' Eagles coach Destry Sterkel said. "They do it in different ways. Jack gets a lot of his points on offensive rebounds and around the basket. Jordan, with his shooting range teams have to pick him up just inside midcourt. And they work well together.''

Sacred Heart, 18-1 and ninth in last week's Class A state rankings, had its hands full getting past the 7-12 Chargers. A Peyton Verbout free throw with 2:38 left pulled the Chargers within 68-64. But Sacred Heart closed the game with 11 unanswered points.

Brenden Bethke had an offensive rebound putback basket and a steal and layup in the closing run, while Tomkinson had two free throws and a layup.

"Goodridge-Grygla is tough,'' Sterkel said. "We played pretty good defense at the end, and we turned it on on offense. We attacked the hoop.''

Tomkinson finished with 26 points—21 in the second half—while Gerber added 14 points, Evan Sczepanski 13 and Bethke 12.

The Chargers had a strong 1-2 punch in 6-foot-4 forward Ben Groven and 6-3 post Brandon Stanley, with 23 and 19 points, respectively. "Groven is very skilled,'' G-G coach Jesse Westbrock said. "And Stanley just works hard all the time.

"We rushed a few shots at the end; that was the big thing. Their press sped us up and we were hurrying shots.''