On a night where Stoughton High honored 1,000-point scorer Kris Joyce (SHS ’11) by unveiling his name on the 1,000-point banner that hangs in the school’s gymnasium, another player joined this elusive club.
History was made Tuesday in the Stoughton High boys’ basketball team’s 72-52 win over Canton as Aaron Calixte scored his 1,000th career point, becoming the first player to do so as a junior.
Calixte is just the 13th player overall in school history—boy or girl—to reach this scoring plateau.
With 6:14 left in the fourth quarter and needing just two more points, Calixte gathered the ball at half court, took one dribble and launched a three-pointer slightly to the right of the top of the key. The ball floated in the air as the entire gym waited in anticipation. As soon as the ball dropped through the net the gym exploded and Calixte celebrated with his teammates and coaches.
“Its such a big deal, its such a milestone,” Stoughton head coach John Gallivan said. “To get it with four or five games left in your junior year is a big deal. Hopefully he can be the number one scorer when it’s all said and done.”
Calixte finished Tuesday’s game with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, ending the night with 1,005 career points.
Calixte has been playing on the varsity squad since his freshman year and his skill set has progressed steadily since that time.
He entered this season needing 325 points to reach 1,000 and after averaging 18.6 points per game this year, the point guard was only 27 points shy of the milestone heading into his final home game as a junior.
“It’s a great feeling,” Calixte said. “I can’t even explain how it really feels. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, without all their help. I love my teammates.”
After having an immediate impact his freshman year (257 points), Calixte took control as a sophomore, leading the team in scoring with 19 points per game, netting a total of 418 points.
“It’s incredible,” said teammate Antonio Ferreira, who has played with Calixte the past two seasons. “He just opens up all possibilities. He can shoot, get to the rack, [and] dish it. He’s just an overall complete player.”
As soon as the game started, Calixte wasted no time chipping away at the total he needed to secure the record on his home court.
He nailed a three for the Black Knights’ first bucket of the game before driving to the basket and converting despite being fouled. He converted the foul shot and just a few minutes later, he nailed another three to post 9 points in the first quarter.
After a hot start, Calixte cooled down some in the second, only hitting one shot.
But the dynamic junior bounced back in the second half, scoring 10 points in the third to set the stage for the fourth quarter.
Calixte took full advantage to start the final frame, driving to the hoop, only to be fouled. After hitting one of his free throws, the magic number was down to 5. The next trip up, Calixte nailed a three, leaving just a mere field goal standing between him and the record book. After a missed shot, the Black Knights were able to find Calixte at half court and the rest is history.
“He was playing back,” Calixte said with a smile of his defender. “I guess he wanted me to get it.”
The spotlight isn’t new for Calixte. He has received offers from Towson University as well as Quinnipiac University, both Division I schools. Beyond that, he has received interest from Maryland University, Robert Morris University, UMass, Albany, Iona, and Temple University.
Scoring 1,000 points at Stoughton is quickly becoming a trend, with Evan Taylor doing so in 2009 and Kris Joyce accomplishing the feat just last year. Calixte was able to talk with his former teammate, Joyce, about the milestone before it happened.
“I talked to him on Facebook,” Calixte said. “He told me to just relax and play my game and just let it come to me and not try and force it.”
Other Hockomock coaches have openly complimented Calixte on his talent and skill.
“Calixte’s special,” Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan said earlier this season. “He’s tremendous. He’s fun to watch. I get caught up watching him on the sideline. [We] threw the house at him; the house, the garage, the cars, everything. We did everything we could to try to neutralize him. He’s special. He made big play after big play.”
“Once again, hat’s off to Calixte,” Canton head coach Ryan Gordy said following Calixte’s 1,000th point. “He’s a fantastic player. We did everything we could to stop him. He’s a legitimate Division 1 player and he’s got a nice basketball future and career ahead of him.”
With at least four games left this season, and a possible return to Stoughton next year as a senior, Calixte’s odds of finishing with the most points in school history are high.
Watch video of Calixte reaching this career milestone in the media gallery above (videos by Ryan Lanigan and Kevin Berkowsky).