By Andrew Wroblewski
A Half Hollow Hills High School East varsity basketball player was honored Tuesday night for scoring his 1,000th career point, a milestone never before achieved in the program’s history.
Savion Lewis was joined by his family, coach and school officials at center court before a league matchup against North Babylon to be recognized and accept a basketball commemorating the accomplishment.
The senior reached the milestone on Dec. 9 in Hills East’s comeback win over Brentwood, leading all scorers with 37 points.
Lewis, called it “a dream come true.”
He continued, “To be the first to do it in school history is a blessing… I put a lot of work into the game of basketball and just to see that work come out is amazing.”
Peter Basel, who has coached Lewis at the varsity level for the past four years, echoed that sentiment, commending Lewis for his work ethic.
“He’s a guy who, over the summer, gets up early – 4:30 in the morning – to meet with his trainer,” Basel said. “During the school year, he’s a ‘come-early, stay-late’ kind of guy.”
That drive has helped lead the Thunderbirds to its recent successes, including a Suffolk championship last season.
Basel said, “He’s taken us to new heights.”
Editor's note: Savion Lewis has played on Half Hollow Hills High School East's varsity basketball team since his freshman year. The print version of this article, published in the Dec. 21, 2017 issue of The Long-Islander, incorrectly stated otherwise.