At halftime of their final home game of the regular season Tuesday against Canton, the Stoughton High boys’ basketball team and the Stoughton High Athletics Department honored one of the most prolific scorers and best all-around players in program history, Kris Joyce, a 2011 graduate of Stoughton High.
Joyce became the 12th player in school history—boy or girl—to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark. Joyce joined the club in a 77-52 win over Foxboro on February 5, 2011. His name was recently added to the banner of 1,000-point scorers that hangs in the Stoughton High gymnasium.
His former teammate, current SHS junior Aaron Calixte, fittingly joined the 1,000-point club Tuesday night against Canton, with Joyce in attendance.
Joyce was a four-year starter for the Stoughton High boys’ varsity basketball team. He was a three-time Hockomock League All-Star and a two-time team MVP. He finished his career with 1,141 career points. His basketball teams amassed a 61-27 record in his four years at SHS.
“When he was an eighth grader, and he moved here, we watched him play in travel basketball and he was ready then,” Stoughton High coach Gallivan said last February after Joyce scored his 1,000th career points. “We just couldn’t use him because he was in a separate school. We waited for him, and we were really happy with what we got and it was worth the wait.”
Joyce averaged 16 points per game in his senior season (2010-2011).
Joyce was named the Walpole Hoop Classic MVP after averaging 23.5 points in last season’s two-game February vacation tournament. He scored 26 points in Stoughton’s win at Hingham in the opening round of last season’s postseason tournament.
“That’s what seniors do,” Gallivan said of Joyce’s performance in the Walpole Hoop Classic. “That’s what senior captains do. That’s what four-year starters do. Kris is all of the above. He’s a man of few words but he’s a man out there. He’s tremendous; nothing surprises us that Kris does and still sometimes you go ‘wow did he just do that?’ He’s just that good.”
View footage of the halftime ceremony from Tuesday, February 14 in the media gallery above (Kevin Berkowsky video).