Senior Antonio Stabler recently scored his 1,000th point in the game against Carson-Newman on Jan. 5th, 2013. The Royals ended up winning the game, with the final score being 70-66. This was a huge win for the men’s basketball team because just before the holiday break, the royals traveled to Carson-Newman and lost by a total of 35 points.
When asked to describe his reaction to scoring his 1,000 point Stabler said, “I didn’t even realize I was close to scoring 1,000 points; the coaches told me once the game was over.”
He described making his 1,000th point as a great accomplishment for both himself and his family. Stabler’s goal for this season is to win the conference tournament because in the four years he has been at Queens, they have not won a single conference tournament. He also hopes to improve his overall game in order to become a better basketball player and athlete.
Stabler feels his experience here at Queens has been a great opportunity, and he will use the skills he learned here after he graduates. He believes that the university has given him the discipline and drive needed to be successful as a student and as an athlete. He continued to say that his success comes from being a great student, practicing whenever he gets the chance to, and being able to play all aspects of the game. After graduation, Stabler plans to travel overseas to play basketball professionally. He hopes that playing basketball overseas will help him in obtaining an offer to play professionally in the states.
When asked what advice he would give to other student athletes Stabler said, “Go to class and work hard in practice and in games. Show everyone that you deserve to be out there competing.”
Queens is currently 8-7 overall, and 5-4 in conference. The Royals will travel next game to North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C., on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m.