C-L’s Ian Callen Scores His 1,000th Career Point in Loss at Karns City

KARNS CITY, Pa. (D9Sports) – Taking a pass from Julian Laugand in the fourth quarter, Clarion-Limestone’s Ian Callen buried a jumper to score his 1,000th career point Wednesday night at Karns City.

(Photo: Ian Callen with head coach Joe Ferguson moments after scoring his 1,000th career point Wednesday. Photo by Chris Rossetti)

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Callen came into the game needing 15 points and hit the mark on his final basket of the night with 6:19 left in the Lions 66-54 loss to the Gremlins.

“It means a lot,” Callen said. “I saw Daniel (his older brother Dan Callen) do it, and from that point on, I wanted to do it myself.”

Callen was in some first-half foul trouble and scored only three points before the break but exploded for nine points in the third quarter before scoring on back-to-back jumpers early in the fourth.

“I was a mess the whole game, thinking about it too much,” Callen said. “Christian (teammate Christian Smith) said once you get your head figured it, you’ll start playing better. I relaxed in the second half.”

C-L head coach Joe Ferguson said Callen’s mark is a credit to how the Lions play together.

“I bet he would say the same thing, it comes down to team play,” Ferguson said. “He is a phenomenal player, though. But it really comes down to working as a team and each individual benefits. I am sure he would rather have had the win tonight. But there is no question, he was playing tight until he got that. It’s always a tough thing to hit 1,000 points.”

The Lions, who trailed by just nine, 53-44, following Callen’s basket, never did get to see if the junior could help them back into the game.

Just moments after the milestone was achieved, Callen took a nasty tumble to the ground hurting his shoulder. After getting looked at by the Karns City athletic trainer, Callen could have come back into the game, according to Ferguson, but with the Lions down 15 at the time the long-time C-L coach decided to rest his star.

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