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Wysinger joins Exclusive 1,000-Point Club

By Mark Jurgena

COLLINSVILLE — During Collinsville’s 58-56 double overtime loss to Belleville West in the Class 4A Granite City Regional championship game on Feb. 23 another major milestone was reached by a Kahok boys basketball player.

Senior Jamorie Wysinger reached the 1,000-point barrier for his career during Collinsville’s 15-3 run to start the game. 

He finished his career with 1,013 points and was the 28th Kahok to reach the magical plateau.

Wysinger’s reached the plateau on a 10-footer from the right side of the lane which also gave the Kahoks a 6-0 lead early in the game.

“1000 points is obviously a special accomplishment with my career,” began Wysinger. “It’s always something I’ve thought about as I played throughout the years. I’m truly grateful that God has allowed me to reach this goal of mine. Even given the circumstances of the loss, it means a lot.” 

This past season he scored 528 points averaging 16 points per game. 

But Wysinger will go down in history for his ridiculous range from beyond the 3-point arc. He hit several threes from near the volleyball line as well as from the “Vergil Fletcher Gym” script on the floor in front of the benches.

He went 93-for-288 or 40.8 percent from three on the season. Those 93 threes broke the old record set by Richard Keene, who went on to become a 1,000-point scorer at both Collinsville and the University of Illinois. Wysinger hit the record-breaking three on Feb. 10 at home against Chatham (Glenwood).

Overall this season, he went 180-for-386 or 46.6 percent from the field and 75-for-95 from the free throw line or 78.9 percent.

“Jamorie did a great job,” said CHS coach Darin Lee. “I figured we’d have to win the regional for him to get to a thousand but he had that big game against Granite (where Wysinger scored 34 points) then he was able to get there pretty easily. That’s hard to do as a two-year starter.”

In his first year as a starter one season ago, Wysinger hit 85 threes on his way to 467 points. He hit 155 field goals while going 72-for-95 from the free throw line. 

He also drilled a pair of threes as a sophomore.

He was the second Kahok to hit 1,000 career points this season. Fellow senior Nick Horras scored his 1,000th point earlier in February.

“Having two guys in the same class, I don’t think that’s happened since 1978,” began CHS coach Darin Lee. 

That ‘78 season saw legendary Kahoks Kevin Stallings and John Belobraydic surpass the grand total while finishing 28-3 while earning the Class AA third place trophy at the state tournament. 

As for this year’s edition of Kahok basketball, Wysinger helped lead the squad to a 28-5 record overall and 9-3 in the Southwestern Conference. CHS won their 47th SWC championship. They also won the Prairie Farms Holiday Classic and the championship of the Mascoutah-Collinsville Thanksgiving tournament.

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