Baker, LaFalce, Roberson join 1,000 point club

The distinguished group of 1,000-point career scorers added three more players this winter.

Colts Neck guard Brian Baker and Freehold Township forwards T.J. LaFalce and Marcus Roberson all joined that select group of Freehold Regional District boys within a few days of each other.

Baker was the first getting his 1,000 career point against the Patriots in a loss on Feb. 1. He is averaging 14.6 points a game for a Colts Neck team that is 15-4 and will have the No. 5 seed when the Central Jersey Group IV tournament begins the week of Feb. 26. With 46 3-pointers, he ranks sixth in the Shore Conference. He is the second Cougar to surpass 1,000 career points, joining Mike DeCorso.

Fittingly, LaFalce and Roberson, who have played such a big role in taking the Patriots to heights the program has never experienced before, both netted their 1,000 career points on the same night, Feb. 5. They are the sixth and seventh players in school history to surpass the milestone.

LaFalce ranks third in the Shore in scoring, averaging 20.2 points a game, while Roberson is at 12.1 and averaging 8.2 rebounds as well. LaFalce ranks among the Shore’s leaders in three-point shooting with 35.

The Patriots are 19-0 and are the No. 1 seed in CJ IV.

Below is the list of the boys who have scored 1,000 points. Baker, LaFalce and Roberson are in bold with their up-to-date point totals and where they ranked among the others at the end of play last week.

Freehold Regional

High School District

1,000-point career scorers

Ed Zucker, Manalapan (’82) 1,861

Jeff Peras, Freehold Twp. (’79)1,628

Rich Tyler, Freehold Bor. (’73)1,376

Derrick Hamilton, Freehold (’96)1,295

Jack Perri, Manalapan (’93) 1,269

Larry Love, Freehold (’76)1,235

Dwayne Ailey, Howell (’98)1,218

Manny Ubilla, Freehold Twp. (04)1,201

Walt Freeman, Freehold (’55)1,200

Bill Hill, Howell (’77) 1,170

Mike DeCorso, Colts Neck (’03) 1,154

Steve Smith, Freehold Twp. (’75)1,146

Vince Dozier, Manalapan (’74) 1,130

Rodney Salomon, Marlboro (’05)1,119

Bob Belitz, Freehold Twp. (86)1,096

Brian Baker, Colts Neck (’07) 1,041

Marcus Roberson, FT. (’07) 1,034

T.J. LaFalce, FT. (’07) 1,026

Andrew Impastato, FT. (’02) 1,021

Pete Jeremich, Manalapan (’74) 1,020

Tyrell Budd, Freehold Bor. (’05) 1,012