Jefferson's DeGeorge surpasses 1,000 career points

Jan. 19—Earlier in the season, Joe DeGeorge set the Jefferson basketball single-game scoring mark with 45 points.

The 6-foot-5 senior achieved another milestone recently, surpassing 1,000 points in his career.

DeGeorge was proud of

his accomplishment, which happened in the Falcons' 67-51 win over Harvey last Friday. He had 15 points in the win.

"It feels really good reaching this milestone," DeGeorge said. "It's been a goal of mine since the start of the season, and I'm honored to join my former teammates and other players in the 1,000-point club."

DeGeorge, who became the sixth Jefferson boys player to surpass 1,000 career points, knew before the season started he could achieve the milestone.

"Mr. [Greg] Juhola [Jefferson's athletic director] was keeping track so I knew I was close," DeGeorge said.

DeGeorge, a Division II special mention All-Ohio selection last season, is averaging 25.1 points, 11 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.3 blocks this season. He is also shooting 86 percent from the free-throw line.

"Joe has been a great player to coach for four years," Falcons coach Rob Pisano said. "He is an excellent team role model and a leader in how to practice and prepare.

"His statistics speak for themselves. He will be a great addition to whatever team he chooses to play for in college."

Jefferson is 5-6 overall on the season entering tonight's home game against Lakeside.

"Everyone's healthy and putting in work in the gym, trying to get back on track for these next few games," DeGeorge said.

Four of the Falcons' losses have been by five points or less, including 71-70 to Pymatuning Valley and 57-56 to Madison.

"We just have to make a couple things our focus going forward and keep trusting each other and playing together as a team," DeGeorge said.

At 3-3 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Lake Division, Jefferson is still in the race.

Geneva plays at Madison in a battle of 6-1 teams tonight.

Perry is 4-2 and Edgewood checks in at 4-3.

After losses to the Eagles, Blue Streaks and Warriors the first time around this season, Jefferson will get a chance to play those schools again.

The Falcons are scheduled to host Madison on Jan. 30 and Edgewood on Feb. 2 and play at Geneva on Feb. 9.

Jefferson also plays Perry twice (at Perry on Jan. 23 and home to the Pirates on Feb. 23).

"Every game so far has been a battle and we lost some close ones that we are looking forward to getting back the second time around," DeGeorge said.