HINSDALE, N.H. — Not long after getting some advice from Skylar Bonnette, Matthew Boggio would make another call.
And it was long distance.
The Hinsdale senior hit a 3 from the left wing with 4:11 remaining in the third quarter to give him 1,000 points for his career during the Pacers' 78-34 triumph over Newport on Wednesday evening at the Stable.
"Skylar is a good friend of mine. I talked to her before the game," said Boggio. "She told me to stay relaxed and stay poised."
Boggio became the 11th student-athlete in school history to reach the 1,000-point club. Also on the list are Gary Beaman, Sleepy Brooks, Steve Deschenes, Jason Dillon, Joe Sarsfield, Michael Kerylow, Larry Scott, Allison Scott, Julie Messenger, and Bonnette.
"It's like a big weight was lifted off my shoulders," responded Boggio, when asked what it felt like to get to a grand. "It's an individual achievement, but this is a team sport. We're 6-7 now and we have to go back to work."
The shooting guard was 9-of-16 from the field, including four trifectas, and 7-for-7 from the line to finish with a game-high 29 points — just what he needed to add his name to the banner.
After giving him a rare breather, Hinsdale coach Eric Boyd sent Boggio back into the game midway through the third quarter — with the man of the hour just three points shy of the mark. Joshua Webster would inbound the ball in the corner to center Kyle Rideout, who passed to Boggio on the wing, and the senior marksman knocked down the 3 before being mobbed by his teammates.
"I was a little worried, because there was a kid in my face when I shot it. It was a big relief when it went in," Boggio told the Reformer. "I knew that a 3 would do it. It's kind of fitting that I got it on a 3, because that's my shot."
The Pacers opened up a 15-0 lead right out of the gate, with Peter McCosker and Boggio each delivering from downtown during the surge. Ryan Boggio connected from beyond the arc in the second quarter and Rideout scored five consecutive points — finishing nicely on a break and then completing a 3-point play.
Dan O'melia, Nate O'melia and Zach Mitchell all rejected a shot in the first 16 minutes, helping the hosts to a 43-16 halftime advantage.
At that point all eyes were on Matt Boggio, who was just 10 points shy of 1,000 for his career. He would miss twice inside, before scoring on a leak-out and then draining a couple of treys from the left side.
The second of those trifectas put a stop to the game, so that he could celebrate the accomplishment with his teammates, family and fans. It had been two years since the Hinsdale backers got to experience it — when Allison Scott and Bonnette became the school's ninth and 10th players to reach the milestone.
Matt Boggio led all scorers with 29 points. Ryan Boggio and Rideout each followed with a dozen, while Peter McCosker added seven and super sub Caleb Steever chipped in with five. Ty Richardson buried five triples and finished with 19 points to pace Newport.