LEE -- Lee senior Heamon Williams entered Friday night's game against Mount Greylock 15 points shy of 1,000 for his career. Williams scored 14 in the first half, so the 1,000th point was more a question of when than if.
His teammates wasted little time, feeding him the ball in the post on the Wildcats' first possession of the third quarter. Williams converted a left-handed lay-up and the crowd went wild.
The Wildcats rode that momentum to a 64-52 win over the Mounties.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't feeling any pressure," Williams said after the game. "I knew I was going to get [1,000] at home. Leading up to the game, I tried not to think of it a lot, but it was on my mind."
Every time Williams touched the ball, the anticipation for his 1,000th point built. The closer he got, the louder the crowd became.
"In a lot of ways, it was similar to a tournament type atmosphere," Lee coach Dan Korte said. "The crowd is really hanging on every play and every moment. Their enthusiasm has a big impact on the game."
The reaction of Williams' teammates said a lot about their respect for their leading scorer. When the 1,000th point went in, his teammates joyfully celebrated the accomplishment with him.
"Early in the game we knew [to] feed Heamon the ball. He's our best player," Matty Kelley said.
Korte called Williams the ultimate team player. He was quick to acknowledge the teammates that helped him reach the milestone.
"My teammates have been amazing through the whole four years I've been playing," Williams said. "You wouldn't have known that the night was about me. There are a lot of selfless guys [on the team], and I want to say thank you to all of them. They've really helped me."
Williams was assertive on offense from the tip. His back-to-back 3-pointers gave Lee a 15-6 lead midway through the first quarter. The Wildcats' largest lead was 17 points, midway through the second quarter.
Williams finished with 26. The Wildcats led the whole way.
Eric Hirsch led Greylock with 14 points.
"We knew this was a huge game, so first and foremost we wanted to win and get back to .500," Williams said. "Getting the accomplishment with the win is 10 times better than getting it without it."
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