TORRINGTON >> With 28 points on Thursday night in Wolcott Tech’s 59-50 win over Vinal Tech, the Wildcats’ Luke Pergola is now 13 points away from career point 1,000, which he can get Friday night on the road against Bullard-Havens.
“I think so, I hope so,” said Pergola of his chances to hit the career mark in his next game. “My whole family will be there.”
Going into the Vinal Tech game, Pergola was 41 points away from the career plateau and the Hawks began the game double teaming him.
“When it happens, I am not surprised,” said Pergola, who leads the Wildcats scoring 24.3 points per game.
He would score six of the Wildcats eight points in the first quarter, they trailed 9-8. He would then score eight of their 10 points in the second quarter. Wolcott Tech trailed 22-18 at the half.
In the third quarter Pergola would only score four points, feeding the ball to teammate Jake Munson who scored eight points, helping give the Wildcats a 30-28 lead going into the final quarter.
Pergola turned in on in the fourth quarter scoring 10 points, six from the free throw line to seal the win for the Wildcats.
After the game Pergola said he didn’t know how many he had and it didn’t matter to him, because they got the win.
“To him winning games means more than getting the 1,000 points,” said Wolcott Tech head coach Rene Williams.
The Wildcats will tip off against Bullard-Havens at 7 p.m. and Williams believes his senior will reach the mark.
“I think if he holds true to his average so far this season he will,” said Williams.
Pergola scored 22 points against Bullard-Havens in the Wildcats second game of the season on Dec. 20. Wolcott Tech lost 73-41.
His teammates are also looking to get him the ball.
“The kids are looking at him to get 1,000 they are trying to feed him the ball,” said Williams.
Being 13 points away or not Pergola won’t be focused on it going into the game against the Tigers.
“It’s in the back on my mind and I try to keep it back there,” said Pergola. “I am not going to let it distract me from my play.”