By Tony Viola, Staff Writer
On Feb. 9, 2012 Alex Falk scored 12 points in West Liberty’s 105-84 win against Pitt-Johnstown to become the 40th Hilltopper to surpass 1,000 career points.
“It feels great,” Falk said. “It’s a great honor to be a part of that group. The most important thing is the wins we’ve racked up the past three years I’ve been here.
He added, “As a team we’ve played really well and that is what’s most important to me.”
The only returning starter from last year’s 33-1 Elite Eight squad, Falk currently has 1,069 points in his college career and has passed 2011 All-American Jordan Fortney for 36th place on the WLU career scoring list.
But the native of Sandusky, Ohio says accomplishing this feat wasn’t all that important to him.
“Not really. The main focus for me this year was to win the conference championship and the tournament championship then the national championship. Those were my main goals.”
With the Hilltoppers’ (25-1, 20-0) 107-73 win over Alderson-Broaddus on Feb. 13, West Liberty clinched its third consecutive WVIAC Title, achieving Falk’s first goal.
“It’s huge to me. You can’t take something like that for granted. There’s a bunch of good players and teams in this league and for us to do it three times in a row, it’s pretty impressive.”
The 6-4 guard currently ranks eighth in the nation in steals and arguably had his best collegiate game on Jan. 21 in an 89-76 win against West Virginia Wesleyan.
The junior had career-highs with 32 points and seven steals while going 10-11 from the line.
The performance earned him his third WVIAC Player of the Week award for the season.
“Alex is just the ultimate battler,” coach Jim Crutchfield said. “He’s in there always fighting for the ball and position.
“We bank on him. He’s the most experienced player in our program. We look to him to change a game’s complexion, and he usually does.”
In last week’s wins against A-B, West Virginia State and Glenville State, Falk averaged 20 points and five assists per contest.
“Honestly none of us really pay attention to our points. It’s all about the effort we put in on the offensive and defensive ends, the team work we have and the wins we come out with.
“I just give it my all on the court everyday and in life, too. Whether it’s in school or in life, I just give it everything I can. And that carries onto the court.”
Giving it his all has always been Falk’s criteria.
In high school he was only one of 38 players in Ohio High School history to score more than 2,000 points in his career.
After his senior year, he was selected to All-Ohio second team in Division II.
Falk and the rest of his Hilltopper teammates traveled to Wheeling Feb. 22 to take on arch rival Wheeling Jesuit (18-8, 14-6).
Tipoff was at 7:30.