Story by Crysta Paganelli, Reporter
Photo courtesy of Aquinas College
Junior guard Jake Bullock scored his 1,000 career point in last Wednesday night’s basketball game against Lawrence Tech. Bullock led his team with 28 points to defeat the Blue Devils in a close 71-70 victory.
“To be honest I didn’t even realize I hit it. It was a pretty good game and it was a great feeling to accomplish that, but it doesn’t happen without my teammates and coaches,” Bullock stated.
Bullock is a key leader to his squad and his teammates look up to him for not only the player he is, but also the person he is.
Junior guard, Ryan Schall asserted, “Jake is one of those guys who is not afraid to say what’s on his mind. He leads by example for us and he is also a vocal leader. You won’t find many gym rats like Jake and that’s what really defines his game and why he has been so successful.”
Bullock has been a huge part of the Saints success this year. With an 18-8 overall record, the Saints are hungry to finish the season on a high note. The men’s squad has 14 players and two redshirt freshmen that are all key factors in helping this team get the job done on the court.
“Our team is successful because we play well together, me being in my position is only possible because of players like Mitzner,” said Bullock.
The most memorable game of Bullock’s career was when Aquinas defeated the Cornerstone Eagles earlier this season with a buzzer beater shot Bullock made to win 62-60. This incredible play, with the help from forwards Mitzner and Kail Venema, was highlighted as the #1 ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 play of the night.
According to Jake’s twitter handle @Buckets_Come_EZ, buckets really do come easy for him. However, Bullock did not get there with luck, but with endless hours of practice. Bullock averages 18.4 points a game and has a free throw percentage of .875 to make him the leading scorer for the Saints.
With a 14-4 WHAC record and currently tied for third place, as the conference tournament quickly approaches, the Saints have high hopes to walk off the court with at least a share of first place for the WHAC Conference title.
“We just have to keep working, listening to our coaches, and playing defense, and we will try to continue our success.” Bullock stated.
Tonight the Saints travel to Adrian to take on the Siena Heights Saints at 7:30p.m. to try and improve their conference record.