Men’s basketball guard hits 1,000 career points

Senior Ithaca College men’s basketball goaltender Skylar Sinon made history by becoming the 29th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.

The guard hit the mark in the Bombers’ 106-95 win over Rochester Institute of Technology on Feb. 15. at Clarkson Gym. Sinon reached the milestone by knocking down a jump shot, giving the South Hill Squad a 93-82 lead with 6:29 remaining in the contest. Senior Sebastian Alderete, current student assistant coach, was the last player in the program to to rejoin this exclusive club on January 24, 2020.

“Obviously it’s an incredible honor to be mentioned along with these other 28 members of the 1,000 point club,” Sinon said. “Luckily I’ve played with some amazing guys throughout my three years here, so they let me do what I can do. They let me score, they gave me the ball. So, it all starts with them.

Sinon also attributed his success to the trust placed in him by his three collegiate coaches, playing for Jim Mullins, Sean Burton and Waleed Farid during his time at South Hill. Farid said he was happy to see Sinon’s dedication to the sport pay off in reaching the milestone of his career.

“I’m happy for him,” Farid said. “He’s obviously one of our leaders, one of our best players and it’s always exciting to see a player achieve some of these career milestones that validate the amount of work he’s put in and his commitment to improve every day and every year.”

This is the second time that Sinon has reached the 1,000 point mark, as he also broke the milestone during his freshman year at Byram Hills High School. During his college career, Sinon reached the milestone in just three college seasons as his junior campaign was canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sinon said he enjoyed the process of earning this mark and was proud to join the exclusive group.

“I think [reaching 1,000 points has] dubbed me a goalscorer here in Ithaca, which is pretty cool,” Sinon said. “It’s a great honor and I had fun doing it, I promise you that.”

He’s also the second student to score their 1,000th point this season, reaching the milestone a month after women’s basketball graduate Grace Cannon achieved the feat in the team’s 67-44 win over England. Clarkson University on January 15.

Sinon’s career point total currently sits at 1,019 as the team enters the playoffs with its first game of the Liberty League Championships scheduled for February 26. finish during the regular season.

Otherwise averaged 12.2 points per game this winter, down from his second year in which he averaged 16.3 points per game. He said his role has changed slightly this winter compared to the past, as the team has several influential players offensively.

“This year has been a bit different too because we have such amazing players in our squad who can score the ball,” Sinon said. “So I’ve done a little less goals this year, a little more facilitating between our team and kind of just doing whatever the team needs me to do, and whatever role I have to play for. that we were winning. … But it was still pretty consistent to get me to that 1,000 point mark, which is pretty cool.

Farid said Sinon’s ability to make an impact on both sides of the ball adds to the specialness of this milestone, particularly as he achieved it in just three seasons.

“Skylar has a really unique game, he attacks the game in so many ways, not just scoring,” Farid said. “But to be able to do that in three years is definitely a huge accomplishment. It’s a testament to how good of a player he was. [and] it speaks to the importance he has had for the program since the day he set foot on campus.

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