It was a different kind of energy Friday night in the Bill Logan Gymnasium. That night was the homecoming game and a fight for the Greater South Shore Conference traveling trophy, all signs for a huge game. Although the Ingots did not walk away with the trophy, falling to Bishop Noll, a momentous milestone was reached by River Forest’s own Jordan Higgins, as he scored his one thousandth point in the second quarter against the Warriors, the packed house cheering him on.
The River Forest Men’s Basketball team has been hard at work this season and Higgins, humbled and a great team player, has been determined to make a name for himself. The Ingots have had huge wins and Higgins stats have been through the roof all season. Currently leading the region as the top scorer, Higgins came into the conference match up just 13 points shy of 1,000. Knowing this, he came out hard and focused to reach this huge dream.
“If was an awesome moment, it’s like a dream come true. I set that goal as a freshman, and to accomplish that is great. As a player, I know it’s a big accomplishment, and I know I’ve worked hard for it. Not a lot of people get to experience this and it’s so special that I’m one of the few, Higgins stated after Friday’s game.
Ingot fans were cheering Higgins to this great moment the entire way. Not many have reached 1,000 career points and now he is the sixth guy in school history to join the “1,000 point club.”
“I really want to thank my coach and teammates for helping me reach one of my dreams,” Higgins added.
Reaching such a great achievement never got to his head and he was able to stay focused the entire game, leading the Ingots in scoring and ending the game with 24 points and adding 6 steals, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block. Higgins walked away from the game with 1,011 career points.
“I’m so proud of him. He has grown so much not only as a basketball player but a team player, hard work and dedication has paid off. He was very humble tonight and stayed focused on his team. He is now in the 1,000 club with some of the best River Forest alumni,” head cheer coach, Angie Yanez stated. She and her cheerleaders have been cheering Higgins on the past three years for all 1,000 points.
As River Forest ended homecoming week with such a great moment for Higgins, many other big moments occurred Friday night: James Dabney and Erika Cervantes were named Mr. and Ms. Basketball. While Gabe Fragosa and Kim Snell were named Mr. and Ms. Ingot Spirit. It was a special night for many River Forest Ingots. So great things are happening for River Forest and now Higgin’s name lies with the best in the history of the men’s basketball program.