The first three weeks of the boys basketball season could not have gone much better for JB Hoops alum Nate Kreitzer and the Nanticoke Trojans.
Kreitzer has stormed past the 1,000-point mark for his career, set a personal single-game scoring high and broken his own school record for 3-pointers made in a game.
Nanticoke has already taken the lead in defense of its Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 title and has built the best record in all of District 2. The Trojans, 2-0 in the WVC and 7-0 overall, have climbed to the top Big School Boys spot in the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings, as determined by NEPABasketball.com.
Kreitzer added the latest PNC Bank District 2 Boys Player of the Week award to the growing list of accomplishments. He received that award for the second straight season.
During the week that ended Saturday, Kreitzer scored 79 points in 3 wins.
The 5-foot-9 senior guard hit the 1,000th point of his career early in the third quarter of Thursday’s 65-39 victory over Coughlin, then added on 15 more points for a career-high 43.
Then, after receiving the ball commemorating the 1,000th point in a pregame ceremony Saturday afternoon, Kreitzer scored 19 more points in a 70-53 victory over Pittston Area.
“I was extremely overwhelmed with the amount of support I have gotten from the community,” Kreitzer said. “ … I had some nerves as the ceremony was going on, but once that was over, I couldn’t wait to play with my teammates and get the win.”
Kreitzer did not have a field goal in the first half against Pittston Area, but went 7-for-7 from the line. He made two more while scoring 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter.
“The team is playing very well right now,” Kreitzer said. “We are another year older and we’re communicating well with each other on the defensive end, which will help us for the remainder of the year.
“The unbeaten start just gives us even more confidence as well.”
The all-state guard was at his best Thursday, producing his highest point total in a game on any level and breaking his own school record by making 10 shots from 3-point range.
Kreitzer entered the game needing 28 points for 1,000th and doing his best not to be thinking too much about the specifics of the countdown.
When he hit a 3-pointer shortly after being told by coach John Beggs that he was within six, that thought process changed.
“I knew as soon as I got the ball, I was going to shoot that one and it went in,” said Kreitzer, who reached the milestone with another 3-pointer from high on the left side.
Kreitzer got more than half the points needed for the milestone last season when he was named Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 Player of the Year by NEPABasketball.com. He was also named second-team, all-District 2 by the website and third-team, all-state in Class 4A by Pennsylvania sports writers.
The Trojans finished four games ahead of the field while claiming the WVC Division 2 title, then reached the state tournament in Class 4A with a third-place finish in the District 2 tournament.
During Nanticoke’s 7-0 start, Kreitzer has hit 3-pointers 27 times while averaging more than 22 points per game. His week included a 17-point effort – and four more 3-pointers – in a 62-34, non-league win over West Scranton.