Milestone for Chapin, but a loss for CCS Eagles
With senior getting 1,000th point, read how the Eagles fell to South Metro
WILLMAR— The Community Christian boys basketball team trailed during the entirety of its 65-57 defeat against Christian Athletic League opponent South Metro on Friday from the Community Christian School gym.
Things weren’t all bad for the Eagles at night’s end, though, as Karl Chapin scored his 1,000th career point late in the contest. The senior guard needed 16 points to reach the milestone. He finished with 17 points.
“It’s very special,” CCS head coach Aaron Reid said. “I’ve coached Karl for eight years in a row now, since he was in the fourth grade. This is a really special moment. I’m glad to be his coach all those years and really proud of Karl and all he’s done in his career.”
With the game’s result no longer in question, Reid called a timeout with 27 seconds remaining to set up a play for Chapin.
Standing near the top of the key out of the timeout, Chapin cut toward the basket, but veered to the perimeter to catch a deflected inbounds pass. From there, the senior used a crossover dribble to drive baseline before finishing at the rim with a right-handed floater.
“Daniel Reid, our other high-scoring player, came up and screened-up at the free-throw line for me. I just came down and coach told me to score,” Chapin said. “I was trying to get a lay-up, but a floater works, too.”
The officials did not stop the game to recognize Chapin’s moment. However, after the final buzzer rang and the teams met at half-court for a post-game prayer, the Eagles faithful rose to their feet and applauded the senior’s achievement.
“It can’t get any better than that,” said Chapin, describing the moment. “Coach Reid is the one that brought me through for all of the years. He coached me for eight years, so getting to 1,000 is all kudos to Coach Reid.”
As for the game, CCS nearly pulled off a comeback.
Going without a field goal through the first six minutes, the hosts fell behind 20-4 midway through the first half before entering halftime down 32-23.
The Huskies jumped out 44-27 advantage early in the second half before the Eagles made a game out of it in the late going.
With less than three minutes remaining, Chapin drilled a pair from the foul line to make it 57-51. After South Metro was whistled for an inbounding violation, Daniel Reid drilled a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to three. On the ensuing possession, Daniel Krause converted a three-point play to push the Huskies’ lead up to 60-54 and put the game away.
Dorrian Kerzman paced the visitors with 19 points. Krause added 15 points.
Daniel Reid finished with a game-high 26 points.
“They really moved the ball well tonight with good passing and they really got to the offensive and defensive boards,” Aaron Reid said of the Huskies. “They kept us off the glass and I think that was the real difference-maker; one extra pass and when they got to the offensive glass, they got a lot of putback buckets.”
South Metro 57
South Metro (16-7) 32 33 — 65
CCS (17-9) 23 34 — 57
SOUTH METRO - Scoring: Timothy Pressley 6, Daniel Krause 15, Kristian Ryden 6, Alex Aybar 3, Nathan Muntifering 4, Silas Pressley 3, Seth Johnson 3, Dorrian Kerzman 19, Anders Ryden 2, Sam Erickson 4 … 3-point shots: Krause 2, S. Pressley 1, Johnson 1, Kerzman 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Luke Taylor 2, Will Chapin 13, Noah Mulder 1, Jonathan Reid 2, Lee Kneprath 2, Karl Chapin 17, Daniel Reid 26 … 3-point shots: D. Reid 5, K. Chapin 1 … Rebound leader: D. Reid 7 … Assist leader: J. Reid 3, K. Chapin 3 … Steal leader: W. Chapin 4 ... Block leader: D. Reid 3
Playing in its regular-season finale, Willmar was held to 16 points during the second half in a home loss to Brainerd.
The Cardinals shot 34 percent from the field and were out-rebounded 35-26.
Connor Powers led the Warriors with 20 points. Owen Davis added 16 points and seven rebounds.
In his final home game, Jack Jeffords paced Willmar with 12 points. Chase Dirksen and Samuel Fraser each had nine points. Dirksen added nine rebounds.