Abington senior guard Matt Maguire on Saturday became just the fifth person in Green Wave boys basketball history to reach 1,000 career points.
Maguire, a three-year varsity starter during the most successful stretch in Green Wave basketball history, notched the milestone with a low-post turnaround jumper late in the fourth quarter of Abington’s 79-48 win over East Bridgewater.
Abington High School Athletic Director and Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Peter Serino said in a release that Maguire’s success came from his passion and commitment to basketball.
“Matt loves the game of basketball and was committed to developing his game throughout his career,” Serino said. “Each year he got better and added a new aspect to his game. He has set a standard of excellence for others to follow.”
Maguire finished Saturday’s game with 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals.
The four-year member of the varsity team played a major role in the team’s legendary comeback in the March 2019 state semifinal game at the TD Garden. when Abington erased a nine-point deficit with 1:18 left. Maguire hit a crucial three-point shot to bring Abington to within one point. He also had the assist on Will Klein’s game-winning shot.
In last year’s state semifinal game against Snowden, Maguire finished with a game-high 25 points. The state final game was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, leaving the Green Wave crowned as co-state champions.
“Matt has a quiet confidence about him that calms his teammates and makes everyone else better,” Serino said. “He is a man of few words, but certainly lets his play speak for himself…In addition to his hard work and competitiveness Matt’s enthusiasm and passion for the game and enjoying every aspect of it is a joy to watch.”
Maguire, an honor roll student, will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute next year.