By Matthew DeGeorge
As he waved to the crowd, Shawn Alston did his best to force a smile Saturday.
The Haverford School senior and Temple signee had just buried a step-back 3-pointer, his 16th point of the afternoon and 1,000th of his career. But with the scoreboard showing his Fords trailing Calvert Hall by 18 points with four minutes left, Alston knew there was only so much celebration to be done.
“It’s a big accomplishment, but I wish it would’ve come on a better note,’ Alston said after his Fords wrapped up a 77-48 humbling at the hands of Calvert Hall in the Scholastic Play-by-Play at Philadelphia University. “But it’s still a great accomplishment to have.’
Alston, who finished with a team-high 16 points, becomes just the fifth Ford to top 1,000 points in his career, including his coach, Henry Fairfax, the school’s all-time leader with 1,539. It’s an achievement that Alston will appreciate more another day, a day in which his Fords didn’t get manhandled by the visitors from Baltimore.
In just about every facet, the Cardinals were able to dominate the Fords (3-1). They outrebounded Haverford School, 39-21, including a marked edge on the offensive glass in the first half that allowed the Cardinals to run out to a lead they’d never relinquish.