By Mark Jurgena
COLLINSVILLE — When Nick Horras buried a three from the left corner late in the third quarter it pushed him over the 1,000-point plateau.
The senior became the 27th player in the storied history of Collinsville basketball to break into the grand club.
“We started basketball in 1907, that’s over 115 years of basketball so that’s pretty special,” said longtime Collinsville coach Darin Lee. “There’s a lot of big-name players on that list, a lot of Division I players and he’s sitting right there with them.”
Just a few of these big time names on that list are Kentucky’s Tom Parker, Rodger Bohnenstiehl of Kansas and Fighting Illini Richard Keene along with Bogie Redmon.
At the top of the scoring list is SIUE’s Ray’Sean Taylor.
“It’s something you dream of as a kid,” said Horras. “At the start of the season that was one of my goals to get to 1,000.”
While the three-year starter kept his scoring average up (he’s averaging 16.3 points per game) he inched closer to the milestone number.
“I knew how much I was away, but I never let it affect me I just went out and played basketball.,” Horras said. “It’s hard not to know. I just went out there and played, I just want to win.”
Horras has scored 474 points this season and 291 points as a junior. He counts 242 markers as a sophomore as well.