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Girard III becomes state’s 1st boys’ basketball player to score 3,000 points

He scores 50 in win over Scotia
Glens Falls’ Joseph Girard III celebrates his 3,000th career point in Glens Falls.
Glens Falls’ Joseph Girard III celebrates his 3,000th career point in Glens Falls.

GLENS FALLS — JG3 is now past 3K.

Already atop New York’s boys’ basketball scoring club, Glens Falls junior Joseph Girard III spent his Saturday evening putting the finishing touches on becoming the first boys’ basketball player in New York to score 3,000 points in a high school career.  

“It’s a milestone,” Girard III said. “Nobody in boys’ history in New York state has ever done it, so to be the first one to ever do that, it’s something special.”

In an 86-60 win against Scotia-Glenville, Girard III poured in 50 points to surpass 3,000 points days after he vaulted past Lance Stephenson to become the state’s all-time scoring leader. With a 3-pointer midway through Saturday’s fourth quarter, Girard III hit 3,000 exactly.

“I mean, 3,000 just sounds crazy, but, you know what, 4,000 is right there, too,” Glens Falls head coach Rob Girard said. “I wouldn’t be surprised.”

For his career, Girard III now has 3,002 career points. Girard III boosted his scoring average this season to 49.7 points per game. He’s scored at least 44 points in every game this season.

Saturday’s Foothills Council game was part of the Sunmark Shootout at Cool Insuring Arena. Glens Falls led 39-26 at halftime and was never challenged in the second half, despite Scotia senior Christian Corker pouring in 40 points.

Scotia assistant coach Eugene May led the Tartans in place of head coach Mark Sausville, who missed the game to attend his son Alex Sausville’s senior day game at St. John Fisher College. Alex Sausville helped lead Scotia to a Class A state title as a high school senior with the Tartans.

“Can’t miss that,” Maye said. “Family first.”

Glens Falls improved to 15-2 with the win, while Scotia dropped to 8-9. Besides Girard III and Corker, who combined for 61.6 percent of the game’s points, Glens Falls senior Justin Holness (14) and Scotia junior Brendan Caldwell (12) each had double-digit points.

Girard III started slowly Saturday with six points in the first quarter, but had 20 by halftime. He added another 20 points in the third quarter before scoring 10 in the fourth. He made five 3s and all 17 of his free throw attempts.

While it’s been a big week for Girard III on the court, he’s had a pretty good one away from it, too. The junior has picked up a couple more scholarship offers from major programs, including one Friday from Syracuse University.

“It’s a big one for me, and I hope to keep building a relationship with coach [Jim] Boeheim,” Girard III said.

Saturday’s game started with a brief ceremony to recognize Girard III becoming the state’s all-time leading scorer earlier in the week, and the game temporarily paused after his 3,000th point to recognize that moment.

Coming up, there shouldn’t be anymore stoppages during Girard III’s games — and his goal is to play as many as possible this season.

“State title,” Girard III said of what’s next for him and the Indians.


J. Girard 14-17-50, Holness 6-0-14, Balcom 1-0-2, Barclay 1-0-2, Q. Girard 1-0-2, T. Girard 3-0-7, McClements 1-1-3, Danahy 2-0-4, Quirk 1-0-2. Totals: 30-18-86.


Caldwell 4-0-12, Corker 15-8-40, Marola 2-0-4, Perkins 1-0-3, LeMorta 0-1-1. Totals: 22-9-60.

GF 15 24 28 19 — 86

SG 10 16 17 17 — 60

Three-point goals: J. Girard 5, Holness 2, T. Girard, Caldwell 4, Corker 2, Perkins.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Michael Kelly at [email protected] or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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