SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Tyler Hepinger became the first Sheffield boys’ basketball player in 17 years to hit the 1,000-point milestone, with DuBois Central Catholic earning a hard-fought 56-47 victory over the Wolverines on Saturday.
(Sheffield’s Tyler Hepinger scored his 1,000th career point on Saturday against DuBois Central Catholic. Graphic by Scott Elmquist. To see more of Elmquist’s work, click here.)
Hepinger hit 1,000 on the nose with his 3-pointer with 1:47 to go in the second quarter, part of a 16-point first half. He needed 14 points coming in, becoming the first Wolverine to reach the milestone since Robin Copley in 2004.
Jen Isenberg was the last girls’ player to hit the mark for Sheffield in 2015.
The game was a true battle for four quarters, as neither team could gain much breathing room. DCC’s 9-point margin of victory matched the largest lead either team had all game.
With the game tied at 36 apiece after back-to-back 3’s from Sheffield’s (6-5) Tony Richards, DCC went on a 6-0 run to give themselves a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Cardinals knocked down eight free throws in the fourth quarter to help put the game away.
As per usual, it was a balanced scoring attack for the Cardinals (7-3), led by Jalen Kosko’s 16 points.
Kosko scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half, while Alec Srock netted 14 points and Damon Foster and Dante Armanini eight each.
Hepinger scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the first half, while Richards connected on 11 of his 15 in the second half for the Wolverines.
Hepinger reflected on what it means to reach the milestone afterward: