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Oak Ridge boys basketball has two players reach 1,000 career points

Oak Ridge boys basketball seniors Konnor Hobeck, left, and Ty Wilson both reached 1,000 career points this winter. Submitted photos

The Oak Ridge BlueJays boys basketball team (16-10) has been faring well with not one but two players in their starting lineup marking off 1,000 career points.

Both players achieved this feat in their senior season for the BlueJays. They were able to do so with lots of time left in the season.

Konnor Hobeck and Ty Wilson knew they were projected to reach their 1,000th point this season, which did nothing if not add pressure to their performance. Luckily, they were able to thrive under pressure.

Wilson added, “It’s a big weight lifted off my shoulders and my teammate’s shoulders. Achieving this isn’t just good personally, but also for the team as a whole.”

The speedy guard Hobeck reached this accomplishment before entering into the second half of the season. He was able to mark his 1,000th point during a road game against the East Prairie Eagles (19-6) before Christmas break.

Wilson met his goal on the road as well when the BlueJays gained a 43-35 victory over the Leopold Wildcats (10-12) in early January.

Both players made the Scott-Miss All-Conference Team last season as juniors and came back to this team with high expectations. They have not only met but exceeded those expectations.

Hobeck currently leads the team in scoring and Wilson leads in rebounds. Hobeck is on the forefront of the points column with an average of 16 a game. Wilson isn’t far behind as he chips in 15 points a game and an additional seven rebounds.

It is not easy to attain 1,000 career points. Wilson and Hobeck have been getting things done on the court for the past few years.

The boys have slightly increased their numbers since last year and are still on the move. Last season, Wilson was averaging 14 points and Hobeck was averaging 16.

The duo works well together due to Wilson’s ability to score by driving the ball in and still having the option to kick it out to Hobeck on the wing. “My inside scoring does a good job of drawing the defense in and leaves our scorers like Konnor open to make those baskets,” Wilson added.

These two are just part of the success Oak Ridge has seen due to the large presence of the senior class. The BlueJays are graduating six seniors including all five of the starters in their lineup.

This includes senior guard Karson Ward, who consistently produces 3-point baskets for the team night after night. He leads the team by shooting an average of 38% from the three-point line.

Out of the team’s 15 wins, three of them were against other teams in their conference. This means the boys had a repeat as regular-season Mississippi Valley Conference champions. Oak Rige was able to beat every team in the conference by at least 20 points at one point throughout the season.

As the era ends for these seniors, Wilson made it known we shouldn’t be worried about the future of Oak Ridge boys basketball. “We have five guys graduating this year that have been playing big roles, but our junior varsity team has gotten hot lately,” Wilson said.

Hobeck followed it up by saying, “With time they’re going to get the chemistry like we’ve had and be able to work well as a team.”

For the BlueJays, the season is not yet over and the boys are both very optimistic about what’s next. Wilson went on to say, “There’s a few good teams in our district that we want to knock off, getting things going as a team would be huge going into the postseason.”

Oak Ridge finished out their regular season with a 64-42 victory on their home court last Thursday against Valle Catholic (10-15). Hobeck led the team with a whopping 28 points, and Wilson produced a triple-double in the team’s victory.

The BlueJays have been given the third seed in the Class 1 District 3 tournament and will likely beat the No. 6 seed St. Paul (4-20) in their opening-round matchup. Oak Ridge would then face off with No. 2 seed Bunker (17-9) for a chance to play in the district championship game.

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