Del Val’s Blake records a monster game: 31 points, 12 rebounds and reaches the 1,000 point plateau


Three years ago, Logan Blake was an undersized freshman forward with decent wingspan when he watched in awe from the bench as senior teammate Joe Cansfield scored his 1,000th career point in a tournament game in the cup against Hillside.

Blake never imagined himself reaching this milestone, but he certainly enjoyed nurturing a dream that was sparked that night.

Blake kept that dream alive over the next three years with a massive growth spurt and a mountain of hard work, and on Friday night he joined the company of Cansfield and other Delaware Valley basketball greats. .

Cutting to the hoop and converting a conventional three-point play 45 seconds into the second quarter, Blake became the eighth Del Val boy to eclipse the four-figure milestone in a 62-46 victory over host Warren Hills in the Washington Township.

“It’s definitely been a thought on my mind since that freshman day,” Blake said. “I considered Joe a god. I didn’t even shoot during warm-ups – I just rebounded for Joe. And now to be like him and maybe overtake him on points is something spectacular.

Blake, who was 6-foot-170 as a freshman and is now a formidable presence at 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds and three steals to boost the Terriers (17-9). He recorded his seventh double-double of the season and his seventh game with at least 30 points.

Blake’s achievement came full of irony. Blake hit 1,000 exactly three years after the day Cansfield did, and the two Del Val stars are now tied in school history with 1,025 points.

Blake has at least one game left to climb the ranks of Del Val. The Terriers open the NJSIAA Central Jersey Tournament, Group 2 with a home game against Hillside on Monday.

Also for Del Val, second Frankie Denvir had 10 points and three assists, junior point guard Justin Kolpan had nine points and four assists, and senior Craig Baran grabbed six rebounds.

Perhaps the basketball player who knows Blake best, his older brother Tylor, was on hand to watch his little brother write school history. Tylor played three years of college basketball with the Terriers (two with his brother) and is now a sophomore tight end with the Stevenson University football team in Owings Mills, Maryland.

“I watched Joe do it in his senior year and I know 1,000 points isn’t easy, so to see Logan do it is awesome. It’s really special,” Tylor said. second year, you could see a bit of the potential. It was still early in development, but there were definitely sparks. You could see it starting to come, but I had no idea it was going to get 1,000 points.

Blake, the 29th boy from Hunterdon County with 1,000 points, had to endure more than hard work to reach this destination. He broke his collarbone in sophomore year and missed the final six weeks of the season. Last year, of course, every high school team in New Jersey played a truncated schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This season, Blake thought he had an outside shot at 1,000 because he knew he would have to shoulder a lot of the scoring load, but even then he entered this season with 389 career points and has recognized that 1,000 was a very distant distance away.

“I don’t think I could have predicted it – at any time in my career,” said Blake, who is one of the state’s leading scorers with 24.5 points per game. “In college, I was nothing special. After my freshman year, I grew, built my body, and trained a lot.

“I think developing my game in depth made the difference. People used to play around and keep me out of the paint, and they succeeded. But now that my off-paint range has improved, it has made things easier for my team and myself.

One teammate who may have predicted Blake to hit the cap is Baran, Blake’s 6-foot-chest teammate who consistently pulls rebounds and passes to Blake while planting the boards.

“I really feel like I’m part of it. I helped him on some of his points, got him some extra shots through offensive rebounds,” said Baran, who is a friend and teammate of Blake since they played ball together in middle school at Kingwood Township School in Frenchtown. “But it’s all about him. He works hard. He deserves it.”

Blake’s family, friends and fans were ready to celebrate in the second quarter and it looked like Blake’s crowning glory was in full steam after the Terriers took a 35-12 halftime lead.

But the Warren Hills seniors were celebrating their last home game and were in no hospitable mood. With increased defensive zest and a 3-point flurry, the Blue Streaks (101-16) closed out the third period with a 16-5 flurry, and for the first time since Blake’s historic three-point play gave in Del Val a 16-4 lead, Warren Hills’ deficit was in the single digits at 44-35.

Tommy Flaherty (16 points, six rebounds) and Josh Cosella (15 points, four steals) combined for 14 of Warren Hills’ 23 points in third.

“It’s up to them if they want to compete and what kind of energy they want to bring,” Warren Hills coach Joe Bamford said. “At half-time I told them they had to be ready to play. There were several times this year where we were a different team in the second half – for the better. It came down to, how do you want this? For our seniors, it was the last time they played in this gym. This is your last time on this floor. How badly do you want it?”

A pair of backhands from Blake and a drive from Patrick Garlinghouse in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter gave the Terriers some breathing room at 50-38. It also didn’t hurt that Baran and Kolpan came back into the game at 4:44 after sitting out for a long time with four personal fouls.

With two major starters back on the field, the Terriers were on the right track. Del Val used the fourth quarter to respond to Warren Hills with some defensive intensity, allowing just one field goal before the benches were cleared with a minute remaining.

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