Ramirez reaches 1,000 points for Passaic Valley boys
Senior guard Tito Ramirez became the sixth player in Passaic Valley boys basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Ramirez, the team’s captain, attained the mark with 25-point effort in a 74-56 setback to Voorhees on Feb. 14, in Glen Gardner. He entered the game needing 24 points to hit 1,000.
Passaic Valley defeated Hasbrouck Heights on Feb. 17, 59-53, and took a 5-18 record into a home game against Indian Hills, on Feb. 21. The season ends on Feb. 23, when PV hosts High Point in a 5:30 p.m. game. The Hornets did not qualify for the NJSIAA Tournament this year.
PV head coach Jim Holsworth was pleased that Ramirez reached the milestone.
“Tito has given us a tremendous effort all season long,” said Holsworth. “I wish we had put together a better season, because Tito did so much for t his team. He’s had a tremendous four-year career here, and I’m happy he passed 1,000.”
Ramirez joins John Gerdy, a 1975 graduate and PV’s all-time scoring leader with 2,613 career points, Jihad Wright, a teammate of Ramirez who scored 1,403 points before graduating last spring, Stefan Minic, also a teammate of Ramirez and a 2014 graduate who finished with 1,185 points, Giancarlo Cerrignone, a 1996 graduate who finished with 1,171 points and Mike Suglia, a ’76 grad who scored 1,052, on the prestigious list.
Ramirez hit a reverse layup for the points which put him over 1,000 in the Voorhees game. He finished that game with 1,001 points and scored another 24 in the win over Hasbrouck Heights.
“With two games left, Tito has a chance to finish his career in the top five in scoring at PV,” said Holsworth.
In the Voorhees game, the Hornets had a bad second quarter and trailed, 36-19, at the half. In addition to Ramirez’s 25 points, Nick Melograno had 17 points, Justin Victoria scored 10 and Shaun Benford and Dan Stevanovic had two points each.
In a good win over Hasbrouck Heights, the Hornets used a 17-12 fourth quarter run to assure its fifth victory of the season. Ramirez finished with 24 points while Victoria scored 12, Nick Williams had nine, Melograno scored five, Bashar Saleh had four, Max Klum had three and Stevanovic finished with two points.
The Hornets got some good news in that Dylan Mulroony, a junior who missed most of the season with a foot injury, was set to return to the lineup this week.
“It will be good to get Dylan back in the lineup before the end of the season,” said Holsworth. “Dylan is one of our best players, and not having him this season hurt us, but we’re really glad he’s healthy. This can be a good start for him leading into his senior year next season. I’m hoping he can get some quality time in this week against Indian Hills and High Point.”