Nate Kreitzer took a special accomplishment and added a few extras.
The JB Hoops alum not only reached the 1,000-point mark for his Nanticoke High School career in Thursday’s Wyoming Valley Conference opener, but he did so while setting two personal bests and a school record.
Kreitzer poured in 43 points with the help of 10 baskets from 3-point range while helping Nanticoke open defense of its Division 2 title with a 65-39 victory over host Coughlin.
“I didn’t want to hear about it,” said Kreitzer, who had heard recent mentions of the approaching event. “I didn’t want to think about it. I just wanted to go out there and play and if I get it, I get it.
“This happened to be the night.”
Kreitzer started the night needing 28 points for the milestone. He reduced that number quickly.
The Trojans took a 32-20 lead at halftime and coach John Beggs let Kreitzer know he was within six.
“I was having a hot night,” said Kreitzer, a senior guard who earned all-state recognition in Class 4A last season. “In the first half, they knew I needed a certain amount, but they weren’t trying to get me there.”
When he hit a 3-pointer to reduce the magic number to three, Kreitzer’s attitude about the 1,000-point mark changed.
“I knew as soon as I got the ball, I was going to shoot that one and it went in,” Kreitzer said of a shot from beyond the arc, high on the left side, early in the third quarter.
The 43 points is the most Kreitzer has scored in a game on any level.
With the 10th 3-pointer, he broke the school record of 9 in a game that he had set last season.
The win made Nanticoke the first District 2 boys team to get to 6-0 this season.
“We’re clicking, better than last year at this time,” Kreitzer said. “We’re playing great as a team.”