7:40 PM EST, March 10, 2011
There's nothing to remind you how much you love basketball, like not being able to play.
"It showed me a whole new part of the game,” Westview senior Justin Jantzi said. “I missed it so much."
After the first eight games last season, Jantzi broke his foot. Twice. In six month's time, he played all of one game.
"It was terrible. One of the worst times ever,” Jantzi said. "And it just made me appreciate how fun it is and how nice it is to be out on the floor."
Back out on the floor this season, Jantzi has played like it. He is fourth in the area in scoring, with 22 points a game. He has scored in double figures in every single game this season, and reached 20 points 14 times.
The guy simply hasn't had a bad game all year.
"It's hard to knock out the guy that has a lot invested in what he's doing,” said Westview coach Rob Yoder. “And I think that's true in his case. He's invested a lot of time, he's worked hard, he was injured a lot, had to miss a lot of games last year. And so, this year, he would be a determined guy, I think. And he's played well."
And what’s more, Jantzi is only 43 points shy of a thousand for his career. If he can play two more games, and produce his average both times, he'll reach it.
He's much more interested in the playing two more games part of that equation. In fact, he didn't even know how close to the milestone he is.
"I had no idea,” Jantzi said. “That's how much I care. Right now, we're what, 21-2? And that's all that matters to me."
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