Brooks scored the record-breaking point via a three-pointer with 6:58 left in the first half, which put the Marshmen ahead 25-16 at the time. The Marshmen won the contest on a last-second buzzer beater from Connor Drews. It was a wild night of basketball in Horicon on Friday, Dec. 28.
The Horicon Marshladies defeated the visiting Johnson Creek Bluejays in game one of a varsity doubleheader, and all eyes were on senior guard CJ Brooks for game two (against the Johnson Creek boys) as he needed just 11 points to become the Horicon Marshmen alltime leading scorer.
Horicon (3-5, 1-2) used the home crowd’s excitement to its advantage early on, jumping out to a lead in the first half over the Bluejays (5-5, 2-1). Brooks scored his 11th point via a threepointer with 6:58 left in the first half, which put the Marshmen ahead 25-16 at the time.
“I kind of knew I needed a three,” recalled Brooks. “I wasn’t really trying to keep track, but I was at the same time.” If Brooks wasn’t positive when he took the shot, he knew for sure the second it went in, as the crowd and Horicon student section erupted in applause.
The game was stopped to acknowledge Brooks’ accomplishment. The former Horicon all-time leading scorer, Parker Resop, was in attendance, and Resop, Brooks and Marshmen head coach Darrel Schliewe were able to celebrate the moment with a photograph. “Parker is one of my best friends, even to this day, so that was cool to have him come out,” noted Brooks. “He’s the best player that I’ve ever played with.
He deserves everything he’s gotten, and I think he deserves even more credit for the person he was Brooks also thanked Resop, his teammates, friends, family and everyone who has supported him through four years of varsity basketball. “It’s just nice that you always have that feeling that you have people there for you, and when you have a bad game they’re still there for you,” added Brooks.
The Marshmen lost to Rio on January 3 and have three more games on the road starting with a January 8 game at Central Wisconsin Christian (Waupun) before traveling to North Fond du Lac on Thursday, Jan. 10. The Marshmen will return to Horicon on January 15 for a game against Oakfield. Record Watch: CJ Brooks At the time of this publication, CJ Brooks holds the Horicon boys’ varsity scoring record with a total of 1,275 points.
The Pionier congratulates CJ on this outstanding accomplishment. Brooks has also narrowed the gap on becoming the all-time leader in several other statistical categories including rebounds, threepoint shots made and steals. Brooks needs 26 more rebounds to tie Pete Ferge’s record of 504 career rebounds (set in the 1989 season).
He also needs just four rebounds to overtake Parker Resop for third on the all-time rebounds list. With 126 three-point shots made, Brooks is second all-time, though he would need to make 64 more threes to tie Lukas Cundy’s record set in 2015. Finally, Brooks is set, yet again, to pass Resop for first place in all-time steals as he is just eight away from breaking the record of 158 set in 2016. outside of school.”
There was still a game to be won, though, and once the excitement of his individual accomplishment settled, Brooks said his mind went right back into finishing the game with a victory. “After that, we ended the half really well,” said Brooks.
The Bluejays came out hot in the second half, however, and narrowed the double-digit deficit to a one-possession game. “Towards the beginning of the second half, [Johnson Creek] made a run,” recalled Brooks. The momentum swung back and forth before the Bluejays finally tied the game at 57 with just 12 seconds left.
A designed play was drawn up for Brooks, who got a good look from around the free throw line, but the ball bounced off the back of the rim. In good position was senior Connor Drews, who grabbed the offensive rebound and put up a last second shot as the buzzer sounded. The shot was in time, and fell through the net, and the Marshmen were awarded the 59-57 victory. For Brooks, it was the correct ending to his record-breaking night.
“We came back at the end there and played really strong. We didn’t want to end that game on a loss, for sure,” said Brooks. “Luckily, I shot with enough time and Connor made a really amazing play.” Brooks finished the game with 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals. Darius Minnema logged a double-double with 15 points and ten rebounds while the hero of the evening, Drews, scored nine points.
For Brooks, he’s relieved to have the scoring title behind him. While it didn’t distract him at any point this season, the senior acknolwedged that moving on from the feat is just what he and the team need. “We’re just going to keep getting better every single game,” said Brooks about the rest of the season.
“I don’t think we’ve hit our peak, yet. I think we can play with the rest of the schedule, but we’ll see what happens. I’m ready, and everyone else is, too.” For Horicon head coach Darrel Schliewe, it’s the second Mashmen player to break the all-time scoring record under his watch, and all three of 1,000 point or more scorers played with Schliewe as his coach.
Brooks insists that’s not a coincidence, and he credits coach Schliewe for having confidence in his players and giving them all the tools to be successful. “A big part of where I am today is definitely Darrel,” noted Brooks. “[He’s] taught me a lot about my attitude and how to be a leader.”