PITTSFIELD -- Career accolades are nice, but Tank Roberson says he's not worried about them any longer.
Even the possibility of becoming St. Joseph all-time leading boys basketball scorer comes second now to getting the Crusaders a high seed in the Western Mass. Division III tournament.
"I've had my fun with the career highs and everything, but in order to win, I'll have to reduce a little bit to get my team more involved," Roberson said earlier this week. "What really got us in trouble was that we were getting used to me scoring 27 a game, and not really having a complete rhythm."
Roberson, a senior at St. Joe, scored his 1,000th point last season. He's been steadily climbing the list of top all-time scorers in the Berkshires, and is now fourth all-time with 1,496 points entering the weekend.
With 25 more points, Roberson will pass the late Frank Scago and sit atop the Crusader list. St. Joe next game is scheduled for 7 tonight at the Boys and Girls Club against Monument Mountain.
The top spot Roberson and the Crusaders may not have this season, however, is in Berkshire County's South Division. That's currently held by Mount Greylock, which beat St. Joe 64-61 in Pittsfield on Jan. 25.
That will likely give Greylock the edge when Western Mass. D-III seeds are released. Roberson and his Crusader teammates will have to stockpile wins to stay close and possibly set up a late-round rematch with Greylock.
To do that, Roberson says
"As a team, we can really dominate as a whole," he said. "Jonny [Bianchi's] explosiveness, and Carp [Mike Carpenter] can score just as much as me. Then you have Lavante [Wiggins] down low. Zach Neary is going to have to play big for us with rebounding and all that. The rest of us will step up."
It's safe to say that -- barring injury -- between now and the end of the regular season, Roberson can take his place at the top of the St. Joe scoring list. He may be a favorite in that category, but he admits that his 9-6 team is currently playing the role of underdog.
"We haven't played up to the potential we can play up to, so I probably would consider us underdogs," Roberson said. "That might give us a chip on our shoulders. We were state runners-up [last year]. If we're considered the underdog, we'll play harder."
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