Connor Englert eclipses 1,000 in Way-Co win

WAYLAND — Wayland-Cohocton’s athletic program has a long and impressive history of both players and teams who have achieved greatness.

And on Tuesday night in Wayland, the Eagles put another name into the record books as Connor Englert scored his 1,000th career point in a 72-63 win over Haverling.

“On the court, Connor is the coach out there. And when he comes off the court, he’s even better. When he comes off the floor, he runs off. He doesn’t sulk. He accepts it and supports the player that is going into the game. And that just doesn’t happen anymore with the way players are growing up,” said Way-Co head coach Mike Fields. “He’s a great student, and I think he’s just a very well-rounded individual. He plays three sports and still has time for everything.”

“It’s just a huge honor to be associated with some big time names who are future hall-of-famers 20 or 30 years down the road. It feels pretty good to just be associated with all of them,” added Englert on the accomplishment.

And while the story of night was Englert’s accomplishment, the story of the game was how much the senior guard dominated both ends of the floor. Englert finished with a game-high 20 points while also pulling down several rebounds and dishing out a handful of assists.

“Connor has the quickness and the physical strength to dominate that position. When he takes it in, not only can he score, he has a great eye for the assist. Our post guys should be averaging double figures this year because the ball is coming in right on target. You’ve got to sit there and just enjoy watching. We’ve just been appreciating it,” said Way-Co head coach Mike Fields.

“I wasn’t keeping track throughout the game, thinking about how I was one or two points away or whatever it was, because I think that would have put more pressure on me. So I just tried to let it happen, and then people would tell me when it happened. I was just trying to play a regular game and not change anything,” said Englert.

Behind Englert’s lead and 10 first quarter points, the Eagles jumped were able to capture a slim 19-16 lead after one quarter.

Then Wayland-Cohocton exploded in the second quarter, outscoring the Rams 23-11 in a quarter where the outside shot started to come alive. That carried over into the second half as the Golden Eagles made six 3-pointers and racked up a 30-point quarter, taking a huge 72-38 lead after the third quarter.

In total, Wayland-Cohocton buried 10 3-pointers in the game and eventually got an LCAA win that was badly needed after an extremely difficult stretch of games to open up the season.

“The win was good, because we’ve been struggling with our 3-point shooting. In the last game, we were at 22-percent and now I believe we are up into the mid-30s. I was really pleased that because we needed that shooting. It’s a big part of our game. And it was good to see that come,” said Fields.

“This was a huge sigh of relief for us. Starting off 0-4 was not anything that any of us looked forward to,” said Englert. “It was scary at the end with them making a comeback, but now everyone can relax because I think we are really starting to figure things out.”

While the lead was insurmountable, Haverling was not ready to go away. The Rams simply dominated the fourth quarter, scoring 25 points while keeping the Eagles completely off the scoreboard, bringing the score to a 72-63 final.

Englert led the way with 20 points while DeAndre Green added 14 points. Brandon DeGuarde also scored double-digits, finishing with 10 points in the win.

Wayland-Cohocton (2-5) now hits the road on Friday evening for a 7:30 p.m. contest against rival Dansville.