POSEN, MI – After tying a 37-year-old Hillman scoring record, Trenton Taratuta added another milestone to his already decorated career. The junior guard became the eighth player in Hillman history to reach 1,000 points.
In the second quarter against Posen on Thursday night, Taratuta clocked in 1,000 point for the Tigers. It was a special moment for the guard as both Tigers and Vikings fans gave a standing ovation for the accomplishment. Taratuta didn’t stop there, as he scored 29 points for Hillman to earn the 62-47 win over Posen.
With another milestone under his belt, the junior joins a coveted list of all-time Hillman scorers. “It’s very special to be honored with those guys,” he said. “I just wanted to be just like them.”
With such an impressive track record as a junior, some may wonder what it took for Taratuta to go the distance. Head Coach, Eric Muszynski, saw the guard’s potential and work ethic from the very beginning. “At a young age, he was in at 6 a.m. shooting buckets,” he said. “Good things happen and results happen.”
Although the achievement was looming over his head, Taratuta decided to focus on his team’s goal, rather than his own. “I tried not to think about it too much,” he said. “I just focused on the game as much as I could.”
1,000 points isn’t the only record he’s broken this season, as Taratuta also tied a 37-year-old Hillman scoring record against Alpena by dropping 41 points. Despite all his personal achievements, the guard remains a team player at heart. “The last thing on his mind was maybe getting that,” said Muszynski. “He was more about getting the win tonight.”
With over 1,000 points secured, Taratuta and the rest of the Tigers get a well-deserved break before facing Au Gres-Sims on January 12 at 7 p.m.