Santo reaches 1000 in 71-56 victory over Moorestown

This afternoon at the DiBart Gym, history was made. In East’s 71-56 win over Moorestown High School, Chris Santo (’11) scored his 1000th point, becoming the first sophomore to ever reach this milestone in East history.

Santo needed 31 points in order to achieve a total of 1,000 and he ended up scoring exactly 31 points.

With the fourth quarter came the rising drama regarding Santo’s point total. As it became clear that East was well on its way to victory, everyone in the DiBart gym was focused on the sophomore star. Then, with 22.2 seconds left, Santo was fouled. Moorestown was in the penalty, so he went to the line. After knocking down the first bucket, the larger-than-usual crowd was ready to explode. The crowd did just that as Santo hit the second free throw to become part of an elite group of 1,000-point scorers in East history.

Head Coach John Valore took him out of the game immediately and presented him with a basketball inscripted with “1,000.”

A few students in the stands had the number “1000” painted across their chests, and much of the student body began to shout: “He’s a sophmore!” Santo also made an impact on the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds.

In the win, East had a nice contribution from Logan Marro (’09), who had 12 points and 6 assists. East plays on Saturday against Paul VI.

The first half of the game saw East run out to an early lead, only to have their advantage cut to six, as the halftime score was 38-32. Santo only had 11 points in the half and Logan Marro (’09) got into some foul trouble with four fouls in the opening two quarters. East came out strong in the third quarter, as they opened up a 52-37lead entering the fourth.