By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It already seemed like Jaden Nielsen-Skinner had etched his name into the record books when it comes to points with how many great games he had through the years, but hey Skinny made it official in the 15th game of his senior season.
With his first basket of the game at the 6:20 mark via a lay-in, the four-year South Salem varsity player had finally cracked the 1,500-point mark that made the Senior the leading scorer in Saxon history Thursday night.
Tyler Allen walked on the court, calling for time before the announcement was made that history was made in front of the South Salem fans on homecourt with Allen and Nielsen-Skinner embracing in a hug on the court.
Skinny flashes a smile during the congratulations and posed for a quick picture with his Head Coach while a plaque was presented to him and camera’s clicking away for the occasion.
With how humble he is and with how awesome the moment was yeah, Nielsen-Skinner admits too that this was just a drop in the bucket in a great season this has been and continue to be as they enter the homestretch of the regular season.
“It was really special. The coaches kept talking to me about it, I didn’t know what the hell was going on,” smiled Nielsen-Skinner. “They kept asking me, ‘Are you close? Are you up there?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know’.
“I’m happy that we got the win tonight. It’s just another game. It’s just another point. I’m honored about it, but it’s just another point.”
With how fast South Salem was scoring Thursday night, the record was prevalent and fresh but with 30 of the Saxons 49 points coming from three-point land, it seemed as if South Salem would smash a three-point record at the clip they were on entering the second half.
“I think it’s just how we were in practice. We were focused, we were ready to compete and if we come out ready to compete, we’re unstoppable,” said Nielsen-Skinner as South struck from downtown 12 times against the Lava Bears.
The pace cooled off to two three-pointers in the second half with Trey Galbraith scoring five of the Saxons 12 threes’ in the 72-61 win, finishing with 22 points. Nielsen-Skinner edged Galbraith with 23 points with three three-pointers of his own.