Foley hits 1,000-point milestone in New Ulm’s win
NEW ULM — Connor Foley has left quite the impression this year, from breaking records as a receiver in football to reaching milestones on the basketball court.
On Thursday, his 14-point night pushed him past 1,000 career points and helped his New Ulm (5-2) squad defeat Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 71-46 in boys’ basketball action.
Foley was just 3 points away from the big mark and reached the milestone on an and-one conversion with 9:39 left in the first half.
It wasn’t Foley’s biggest scoring night of the season, but he also added 11 rebounds and six assists to help lead the Eagles.
“It’s nice,” Foley said of on his 1,000-point achievement. “I know many people couldn’t be here because of other sports, but I just want to thank everyone that’s helped me throughout my career. Even people that have graduated two years ago when I first started on varsity, people that graduated last year, teammates that used to play — it’s just an amazing feeling, and it’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do.”
The Eagles jumped out to an 18-0 lead before the Knights got on the board with a three-point-play. Matt Janke scored 13 of the first 15 New Ulm points before being subbed out with 12:33 left in the first half.
Janke finished the night with 23 points.
After Foley reached 1,000 career points, he put the Eagles up 35-8 with a turnaround jumper and less than five minutes to play in the half. LCWM knocked down a 3 before the half, but New Ulm carried a large 45-19 lead into the break.
Foley started the second half out scoring back-to-back buckets to help keep the Eagles running. Foley then dished it off to Janke for 2 and a 51-19 Eagles’ lead in the second half.
The New Ulm bench saw some minutes down the stretch, and Augie Babel knocked down a jumper near the top of the key for New Ulm’s final bucket of the game.
Foley certainly didn’t let his approaching milestone get in the way of playing team ball.
“I wanted to share the ball around,” Foley said. “Everyone passed the ball, and I think almost everyone on our team got the ball and was able to score. Everyone cut, everyone did the right things.”
Foley added that the defense was solid overall in the first half, but once a lead was built, the guys let up a little bit. He said they will have to get used to holding on to a big lead and not letting up.
The Eagles host Fairmont at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.