Cato-Meridian Senior Marcus Ramacus Hits 1,000 PointsPrior to tipping off against Manlius Pebble Hill last Friday, senior Marcus Ramacus needed just nine points to become the third Cato-Meridian boys basketball player to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau.
Ramacus wasted little time, hitting an early three-pointer and scoring on two contested layups. Ramacus later drove to the net but was fouled and sent to the free throw line.
On his first free throw attempt, Ramacus showed poise as the shot went in nothing but net, securing his 1,000 point. The crowd erupted in celebration and teammates surrounded Ramacus as he became the first Cato-Meridian boys basketball player to hit the milestone since Dave Johnson in 1997.
After reaching the 1,000-point mark, the game was halted for a quick ceremony. Johnson, who was high school teammates with current head coach Mike Vargason, was on hand and presented Ramacus with a commemorative ball.
When asked what it took to get to 1,000 career points, Ramacus quickly deflected credit away from himself and onto others who helped him along the way, including his teammates, coaches and family.
“My teammates are the best because they truly wanted me to get 1,000 points, and coach (Vargason) always encourages me to score whenever I can,” said Ramacus. “Then there’s my mom, who always believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.”
While remaining humble, Ramacus did admit to the number of hours he put into practicing his craft, including on weekends, during the summer and even after football practice.
Johnson, the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,257 points, said he was proud to see another member of the 1,000-point club. Johnson, however, noted that winning is more important than individual accolades.
“Winning was more important than 1,000 points,” he said. “Winning games is what you remember most.”
Ramacus couldn’t agree more.
“I never specifically set out to score 1,000 points. I just play to win and ended up reaching that number,” said Ramacus.
Ramacus said his goal for the rest of the season is to make a deep run in the sectional playoffs, believing his team has what it takes to pull off big upsets along the way.
“We’ve been the underdog all year but we’re a really good team. I feel like we can beat anyone,” he said.
Athletic Director David Scholl said he’s not just proud of Ramacus for being able to score points in basketball, but also for the student and person he’s become.
“We’re proud of the 1,000 points, but also of the person he is,” said Scholl. “He’s a great representation of what we look for in a student-athlete.”