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1K for Gage!

Eagles’ Hendrickson reaches milestone in road win over UC

Youngsville’s Gage Hendrickson stands with his Mom and Dad after scoring his 1,000th career point against Union City on Tuesday.

UNION CITY, Pa. – Gage Hendrickson has been a monumental reason for the success of the Youngsville boys basketball program, as they went from a 4-win team his sophomore year to 15 wins and counting this season.

On Tuesday, he reached an impressive milestone, surpassing 1,000 career points in the Eagles 54-46 win over Union City.

Hendrickson needed 25 points going in to reach 1,000. He finished with 26.

He hit points 1,000 and 1,001 on free throws in the fourth quarter. In doing so, he becomes the fourth consecutive Warren County player to reach the 1,000 point milestone via free throws, joining Tidoute’s Nakeisha Krouse, Warren’s Margo Loutzenhiser and Eisenhower’s Jaydon Hayes.

“He’s one of the best players in the county, he’s one of the best players in the region, he’s one of the best players around,” said Youngsville coach Jesse DeLoof after Saturday’s game against Warren. “He’s a competitor. He plays better against good teams. He just does everything right. He’s a great teammate, he’s the kind of kid you root for. He’s texting me in the summer to get shots up. And it translates. He’s going to do nothing but great things in whatever he does.”

Gage Hendrickson celebrates his milestone with head coach Jesse DeLoof.

The Eagles, who trailed 35-29 at halftime, allowed just 11 second-half points – just two of which were in the third quarter.

Hendrickson scored 15 of his points in the first half to keep the Eagles (15-5 overall, 8-2 Region 3) within striking distance.

He scored seven more in the third quarter, and Joe Mack knocked down a triple to help Youngsville take the lead.

Mack proceeded to score six of his 11 points in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.

With the win, the Eagles clinched second place in Region 3. They would meet the seventh-place team from Region 2 in the first round of the District 10 Class 2A playoffs, which right now would be Reynolds. If they opt-out

, the Eagles would receive a first-round bye.

Mack finished with 11 points and Brady Olewine 10 for the Eagles, who travel to Saegertown on Friday.

Cole DeSimone and Keegan Hornaman had 11 points each for Union City.

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