2000 Points!!! Ruben Rodriguez joins an Exclusive Club
Reaching 1,000 career points is a great achievement for a high school basketball player. Hitting the 2,000 point milestone is rare air. Ruben Rodriguez accomplished that feat in front of a sold out crowd at Coatesville in the PIAA-6A semifinals. The 6'2 senior guard needed twenty points and that's exactly what he finished with in a 55-32 victory over Spring-Ford. "I have a lot of emotions. I'm just happy we were able to move on. I'm blessed. I want to thank my family for always having my back," Rodriguez told SV Sports' Paul Roberts. The Rider commit also gave credit to his teammates. The (31-1) Red Knights are riding a 22-game winning streak. Rodriguez only had two points at halftime on Tuesday, but he crammed eleven points into the final quarter. He got to the 2,000 mark on a floater just inside the foul line with 1:53 remaining. Rodriguez added eight rebounds and five steals. He shot 9-of-10 from the free throw line. The (28-4) Rams were limited to 17 points through three quarters. The District 1 runner-up and PAC champion entered the game averaging 57 points. "When you're playing defense like that, it's really hard to lose. We gotta keep that intensity," said Rodriguez. Spring-Ford was making its first appearance in the Final Four. Reading is (59-43) all-time in the state playoffs with two titles. The Red Knights square off with Roman Catholic in the state final at 8pm on Saturday at the Giant Center. The Cahillites are searching for their fifth PIAA crown. They're the defending champs in Class 6A. Rodriguez is one of four seniors in Reading's starting lineup. They're looking forward to 32 more minutes.