It’s a long way to 1,000 points scored in a high school basketball career, and Community Christian School’s basketball fans were kept on the edge of their seats over four quarters Tuesday night before Luke Knowles went over the mark.
Entering last night’s game against Parkview Christian in Waco, Knowles needed 16 points to reach the plateau of 1,000 points, but the senior point guard would tease fans a little first.
Passing up several scoring chances, Knowles handed out eight assists to his teammates, and when Ethan Hobson got into foul trouble, Knowles played down low and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Knowles’ points scored reached 10 for a double-double on the night, and he appeared to be in no hurry to break the mark as he passed the ball around for others to score. Two more assists would have given Knowles an elusive triple-double
Quarterbacking the Warriors’ offense is Knowles’ main job, and his feeds to junior Josh Guzman helped him score a game-high 30 points for CCS while Jackson Horton pumped in 17.
While it wasn’t intentional, fans and coaches got a little of the feeling Knowles experienced at the start of the season when football injuries forced him to miss nearly the entire first half of the CCS basketball season.
As the minutes ticked off the fourth-quarter clock, Knowles was three points away from the 1,000-point mark when he drove inside the paint to score while drawing a foul.
One dribble, two dribbles, a third, a short pause, and then the shot was on the way. CCS fans watched the ball approach the basket as if it were the final shot of an NCCA national championship, and their joy might have been the equivalent.
“I want to thank all my teammates, my coaches and my parents for pushing me to be the best I can be and I give thanks to God most of all,” Knowles said after the accomplishment.
The senior has been an anchor-point for CCS and has played under three different head coaches during his career.
Doug Jefferson, who now serves as CCS’s administrator, was Knowles’ coach during his freshman year, and he knew right away he was a team player.
“Luke was young, but he played like an upperclassman,” Jefferson said. “He was all hustle that’s mixed with talent and a never-quit attitude.
As a freshman, Knowles piloted CCS’s offense to a CCS’s historic 26-7 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals. Knowles also earned second-team all-district honors and scored 317 points.
Over his sophomore and junior seasons, CCS was in the process of rebuilding under Coach Kit Sparks, and the point guard scored 269 and 330 points, and Knowles earned first-team all-district selections both seasons.
“My coaching Luke was a privilege. He is the definition of determination and grit,” Coach Sparks said. “Luke is always pressing on to be better than he was yesterday.”
While Knowles was undoubtedly happy about reaching the mark, the Warriors moving to 2-0 in district play and 16-9 overall was the most important for the team-oriented player.
Knowles’ unselfish play is just part of the reason his current coach Brian Rodricks is pleased captaining his senior season.
“Luke is the ultimate competitor. He is a pleasure to coach,” Coach Rodricks said. “He’s like the Energizer Bunny, and he gets the job done. He’s fun to coach and to be around.”
Knowles is the second CCS player to reach the 1,000-point mark this season with junior Josh Guzman reaching that achievement last week.