Forbes Road’s Gelvin Nets 1,000th Point
Another Forbes Road athlete made history last week when senior Tristan Gelvin sunk his 1,000th point on a lay-up and went on to help lead his Cardinal basketball teammates to a victory over rival coach Dave Bailey and his team of Tussey Mountain Titans.
Heading into his final season as a starting member of the Cardinals squad, Gelvin knew from the prior season he needed less then 300 points to achieve this milestone. However, the 6-foot shooting guard didn’t know that the magic number was much lower and actually rang in at around 270 points.
With a full schedule of snow makeup games the last two weeks, Gelvin started out last week needing 14 points against Belleville Mennonite Monday night. He fell just shy and went into the February 11 game against the Titans needing to net only four points.
“I was hoping it would come early, so we could focus on the win and beating Tussey Mountain on their own floor,” said Gelvin, who pointed out its been years since the Cardinals have stolen a win from the Titans on Saxton’s home court.
With the nervousness behind him and overcome with relief, the fact he achieved his milestone in a game against Tussey made the moment even sweeter. “It definitely made it even better because it was Tussey,” Gelvin stated. “It was a pretty crazy game.”
“I’m just relieved and glad to get it over with before playoffs got under way,” he added.
While he admits scoring 1,000 points in his high school career was definitely a personal goal for the 2013-14 season, the overall team goal has always been for the starting five of Gelvin, Chase Shaw, Macklin Hawkins, Kyle Schoen and Brock Broadwater to make it into playoffs and secure a District 5-A title.
With the four seniors having played together since fourth grade, Gelvin, the 18- year-old son of Randy and Trudy Gelvin of Hustontown, said there has always been that chance for this team to advance. Pushing Gelvin as well as his teammates on and off the court has been the coaching staff of varsity and junior varsity coaches, brothers Jeff and Randy Gelvin.
Owing his own personal success to countless hours of practice, Gelvin stated his uncle and father are responsible for pushing the team to this moment. He also thanks his teammates, parents and fans for their support in achieving this goal.
Gelvin and his teammates are now reaching out to fulfill their team’s overall goal for the season. The Cardinals closed out the regular season Friday and Saturday night with some big action against District 5-AA teams from Northern Bedford and Chestnut Ridge. Upsetting the Northern Bedford Panthers by a sizeable margin of 20 points, all five starters easily reached double digits. Gelvin paved the way with 24 points, which included six three-pointers.
The following evening against the Cardinals former coach Randy Meck, currently of Chestnut Ridge, Gelvin continued his hot streak with 31 points and six assists. The Cardinals stretched out the Sideling Hill League match into four overtimes, which ended in a four-point loss.
Currently ranked third in District 5-A standings with a season record of 14-7, the Cardinals will now advance to playoffs Tuesday night with a home court advantage against number-six-seeded Hope for Hyndman.
Even though basketball season remains under way and he remains a leader on the court, Gelvin is still looking ahead with much anticipation to the spring months and the start of baseball season. A stellar pitcher and utility infielder, Gelvin is slated to take the field for the Cardinals as well as for Mount Aloysius following graduation. He intends to major in biology to pursue his dream of becoming a wildlife biologist.