How does a team stop a player like Kashawn Charles? Or even slow him down?
The rest of Suffolk County League VI is still waiting for an answer.
Charles is one of those players who is going to get his points, one or another. The Wyandanch senior guard now has over 1,000 of them.
Despite Shoreham-Wading River’s efforts Thursday, Charles surpassed the 1,000-point mark, leading Wyandanch to a 69-44 road win.
Charles, who according to Newsday took a Long Island-leading 29.2 points average into the game, scored his 1,000th point on a layup that gave the Warriors (12-3, 9-1) a 48-39 lead 1 minute, 45 seconds into the fourth quarter. The game was stopped and an announcement was made.
Charles, who Wyandanch coach Barry Baker projects as a Division II college player, finished with 27 points. He shot 10 for 18 from the field, including 5-for-10 from three-point distance.
The game between the first- and last-place teams in League VI had a competitive first quarter that saw the Wildcats (7-9, 2-8) come out with an 18-16 lead and perhaps thoughts of an upset in their heads. But they fell into a 1-for-12 shooting funk and managed only five points in the second quarter. Wyandanch ran off 14 consecutive points in that quarter, including eight of Corry Stewart’s 14 points, to seize control of the game.
Shoreham’s shooting woes continued in the second half when it made 8 of 29 attempts from the field to finish shooting at 28.3 percent. Wyandanch, meanwhile, made 48.3 percent of its field-goal attempts and held a 37-21 advantage in rebounds.
With a pair of fourth-quarter dunks to punctuate the victory, Wyandanch’s Dabien Walker finished with 10 points.
Dean Stalzer was Shoreham’s high scorer with 18 points, shooting 6 for 10 from the field and 6 for 8 from the foul line. Dan Cassidy and Jalen Wright added seven each.
Wright had to be helped off the floor with 21.3 seconds left in the third quarter, putting no pressure on his left leg. After the game, Shoreham coach Kevin Culhane said it was a calf issue. Culhane said senior guard Ken DeGolyer also had an unspecified injury.
Charles’ 1,000th point wasn’t the only milestone observed Thursday. Prior to the game, Shoreham’s junior varsity coach, Jayson Kiang, was recognized for picking up his 100th career win.
Photo caption: Shoreham-Wading River’s Chris Sheehan attempting a layup against Wyandanch. (Credit: Garret Meade)