By Andrea Camarena

Heading into their game against Immanuel on Wednesday, Jan. 26, Lindsay basketball coach Don Perales asked his senior guard John Gonzalez if he knew how many career points he had.

Unsure of his own tally, Gonzalez headed into the game unaware that he was a mere eight points away from 1,000 career points. After putting up 10 points against the Eagles, Perales told Gonzalez that he had crossed the 1,000-point mark. Gonzalez is only the eigth player in Cardinal history to reach the scoring high.

In his third year, Gonzalez has made his presence known through his precise shooting behind the arc but reaching a number was never a goal.

"I would never expect this," Gonzalez said.

After the Cardinals loss to Orosi on Friday, Gonzalez now totals 1,052 points. Adding a trey to the count in almost every game this season, Gonzalez has landed as many as nine in a single game.

His highest scoring in a single game is currently 43 points which he made against Coalinga in league play this season.

When asked about how many more baskets he plans on making this season, Gonzalez already had his sights set on less personal goals.

"I don't know," Gonzalez said. "It just depends I don't even care about points. I want to get to the playoffs."

With the team now in second place behind Immanuel and Orosi, playoffs are not that far off for the Cardinals. For Gonzalez, the moments that stand out to him in his final Cardinal season are wins like the recent 51-50 victory over Corcoran. "It was the best game in the world." The 6-2 senior finds more energy to brag about the team's defense than his own offenseive showing. "Our Defense is freaking amazing."

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