Basketball co-captain Rami Hahami ’22 scored his 1,000th point for Groton on Wednesday, February 23—the second Groton Zebra to hit the 1,000-point milestone in less than a week.
Rami scored a total of eighteen points during a contest against the Rivers School. He is the seventh basketball player in Groton history to hit 1,000 points and the fourth male. Last Friday, girls basketball player Calie Messina ’22 also topped 1,000 points.
Rami's achievement was especially impressive considering that interscholastic games were canceled in 2020–21, due to the pandemic, and that he started playing varsity in Third Form (ninth grade). He tallied 1,000 in only three seasons.
Before the away game began, he was sixteen points short of 1,000. While the Zebras didn't bring home a W, that didn't keep Rami from shooting, and shooting again. With about eight minutes left in the game, he had 998 points when he scooped a lay-up through the basket. During a time-out with about six minutes left, the team paused to congratulate Rami.
"It's obviously an incredible feeling, but the credit goes to my teammates," Rami said. "They've been there, supporting me. It's all about them trusting me and trusting my ability to make plays for our team. Without that trust, none of this would be possible."
Rami has been running up the varsity scoreboard since 2018–19 (he played JV in Second Form). During his first year on varsity, he scored 256 points, then he scored 354 in 2019–20. So far this year he has scored 392 points.
"Rami is a selfless player. He puts the team before himself at all costs," said varsity boys basketball coach and Assistant Athletic Director Harold Francis. "He's a relentless worker. If we had played last year, I feel that he would have potentially been the school's all-time leading scorer.”
Rami joins the select Groton basketball standouts who have hit 1,000: besides Calie Messina, they include Alyna Baharozian '18, Joe Collins ’18, Marissa Garey '13, Drew Daigneault '10, and Asenso Ampim '07.
Congratulations to Rami, his coaches, and the team! Go Zebras!