Dec. 6, 2018 - Cardinal Stritch Guard Jordan Burton

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OREGON, Ohio (WTVG) - Jordan Burton had nearly eight months to think about his next basket.

To most, that basket is worth two or three points. But to Burton, when he sinks the basketball, that basket puts him past 1,000 points in high school.

"My teammates wanted me to like, they wanted me to get it more than I wanted to get it," Burton said. "You know, first basket, I was going to let it come within the flow of the game."

In the district final back in March, Burton scored 28 points. Sure, one more hoop then would help today, but it is funny how things work out with milestones.

"It was a home game, the home crowd was here," Cardinal Stritch head coach Jamie Kachmarik said. "He had family fly in - actually some family flew it from Atlanta and surprised him before the game. So it was a neat thing to celebrate with his family here at home."

While thinking about that 1,000 point mark, Burton and the Cardinals spent more time in the weight room during the off season and that now offers Burton a new way to score.

"(It) helps us finish through contact," Burton said. "If somebody fall on you, you can get back up and be ok, you know that you're ok. You're just strong than a lot of people. You can make baskets, harder baskets, and ones, when you get fouled you move kind of faster and stronger."

Now, Cardinal Stritch just needs some of that to get back to the district final this season.

"Over the last few years, he was kind of a quiet leader," Kachmarik said. "He was one more of an example. Now, he's become more vocal. You know he's got a chance. He's got some offers to go play basketball after high school here. So that was a big thing that I talked to him about working on. If you're going to be a point guard in college, you better learn how to talk. And he's done a really good job of communicating now and becoming that leader."



 
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