Milestones in reach for Pam Pack players ahead of “Judgment Week”

Published 5:15 pm Thursday, January 16, 2020

There are two huge basketball match-ups looming for the Washington Pam Pack this upcoming week, as they will host the top two teams in the Eastern Carolina 2A Conference in Greene Central on Tuesday and first-place Kinston on Friday evening. But, that’s not all. Pam Pack junior Omarion Blount is just a few points away from scoring 1,000 points in his high school career, while Rashod Smith is on the cusps of reaching 600 assists throughout his almost four-year tenure.

This upcoming week has the potential to be one of the biggest in Washington High School basketball history, and head coach David Allewalt can attest for that, calling it “Judgment Week.”

“In the preseason we talked about the importance of the Greene Central and Kinston games. We knew that those games would be a measurement for success. Here were are three-quarters of the way done with our season and we are exactly where we expected to be in conference play, a chance to play for a title,“ Allewalt said. “I don’t know the last time Pam Pack basketball has been in position this late in the season to make a run at a regular season conference championship, but we have set ourselves up for that. I am very proud of the work these young men have put in thus far. I really do believe the best is yet to come.”

Currently, Smith has 585 career assists dating back to his freshman season at Northside High School. He is short of the mark by 15 assists, but Smith is averaging 7.5 assists per game. If he continues on that trend, he will have reached 600 by next week.

Smith has also compiled a total of 1,669 points in his three and a half years playing high school basketball. Since Smith has been averaging 26.7 points in his senior season, if he continues this trend, he will clinch the 2,000-point mark in about 12 games. However, the Pam Pack only has eight remaining regular season games.

The Pam Pack will participate in a conference tournament and will likely find a spot in the NCHSAA state playoffs after the season’s conclusion. So, Smith is on the right track to reach the 2,000-point milestone through the end of the regular season and through the postseason.

Blount, the junior shooting guard for the Pam Pack, has scored 993 career points, and will likely breakthrough the 1,000-point barrier within the next couple of games. Blount has scored 558 points in his two years in a Pam Pack uniform, and scored 435 points in his tenure at Terra Ceia.

“Our coaching staff has worked hard and put in some long hours to allow our program to have this opportunity (to reach a conference title),” Allewalt added. “Win or lose, I am proud of what Pam Pack basketball has done so far this season.”

Washington (9-5, 3-1 Eastern Carolina 2A) travels to West Craven (4-8, 1-4) on Friday before hosting Greene Central (7-6, 3-1) on Tuesday evening and Kinston (12-2, 4-0) on Friday night.