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Thetford’s Colby Scores 1,000th Point

  • Thetford's Jake Colby, right, with his former Chelsea School athletic director Parrish Eiskamp after Colby scored his 1,000th career point in Saturday's boys basketball game with Montpelier at Vaughan Gymnasium in Thetford. Colby transferred to Thetford after Chelsea closed its doors earlier this year. (Courtesy photograph)

  • Jake Colby



Thursday, December 27, 2018

Thetford — Jake Colby might be wearing a new basketball jersey this season, but his presence on the hardwood hasn’t changed all that much.

Colby — a former Chelsea High School star now playing for Thetford Academy — scored his 1,000th career varsity point early in the fourth quarter of Thetford’s 55-46 loss to Montpelier at Vaughan Gymnasium on Saturday. He entered the game 10 points away from the career milestone, becoming the Panthers’ ninth male athlete in school history — and second in the calendar — to reach the century mark.

“He brings quite a bit,” said third-year Thetford head coach Jason Gray, a 1,000-point scorer himself during his playing days with the Panthers. “He’s a good defender; he can shoot the ball. He’s just an all-around athletic kid that can play basketball. He lives for basketball. You can’t teach that.”

Colby finished the game with a team-high 12 points in the loss. Dylan Thorburn, who graduated from Thetford last spring, scored his 1,000th point with the team in March.

“I would say they’re a little different,” Gray said. “Dylan was much more likely to slash through the lane. Jake can do that, but he likes to pull up for jump shots. … He actually fits in really well. He’s getting buckets.”

The milestone was a positive in an otherwise down night for Gray’s squad. The Panthers (2-2) missed its first four opportunities to score and couldn’t dig itself out of an early hole. Montpelier led, 27-18, at halftime and outscored Thetford, 20-18, in the fourth quarter.

“Right of the gate,” Gray said. “We got off to a slow start. It’s really hard to come back like that to a team that likes to stall the ball really well.”

Owen Deffner finished with eight points and Seth Boyce contributed seven for Thetford (2-2), which travels to Windsor on Saturday.

 Correction

Thetford Academy’s Jake Colby, a senior transfer from the former Chelsea High School, scored his 1,000th career point in a boys basketball loss to Montpelier on Saturday. A photo of another player was incorrectly identified as Colby in an earlier version of this story.