Gasser discusses breaking assists recordFebruary 19, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG — Camden Gasser already had a senior year to remember as a student-athlete at Southridge. He played a major role in helping the football team go undefeated in the regular season for the first time ever and make it to semi-state. Gasser also signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at the University of Michigan, but with his days on the court soon to be behind him, he gave the boys basketball program something to remember him by, too.
Gasser is at 138 assists and counting this year. The four assists he had Feb. 13 at Tell City gave him the new team record for most assists in a single season, breaking the old feat of 136 assists that Ron Patberg had at the end of 1986. Patberg helped the Raiders reach the Final Four in the old single class system in 1985 and 1986.
"It's really cool, but it's not really my record,” Gasser said. “It’s really a team record, so to speak. They're the ones making the shots, I'm just the one passing it to them. So (I'm) very blessed my name's under the record, but it's really a team record, to be honest."
He prides himself on doing ball fakes and no-look passes to get the defense on its toes. Gasser’s always enjoyed being a distributor dating back to his AAU days when TJ Montgomery, father of senior teammate Colson Montgomery, coached him. He kept passing as a key component of his game through middle school and throughout his high school career.
“I just love seeing my teammates’ success,” he said.
Gasser said the team was happier that the Raiders downed the Pocket Athletic Conference rival Marksmen, 53-34, on the road that night than the fact he broke a longstanding record. He’s proud of how the whole team has come together and that they're working harder in practice.
“It’s so well-deserved that Colson and Camden get the recognition that they have earned for breaking these records — that they are rewriting the Southridge record book,” Raiders coach Mark Rohrer said. “But those two are both focused on winning games right now, and that’s what I love the most about not just those two, but really all of our guys.”
Rohrer lauded Gasser for his floor game — that he can see things two or three passes or plays ahead of time. The third-year Southridge coach noted the aforementioned floor game has improved so much in the past three years. He touted the individual chemistry that Gasser has with each of his teammates that he can spread the ball out to give the rest of the team some comfortable shots.
The Raiders have at least four games left of their season. Friday’s game at South Spencer is the first of three regular season games left for the Raiders, and Gasser will get at least one game in the sectional tournament to make the record even harder for any future potential challengers to his feat.
“He’s going to put a number up there that it’s just going to be incredibly difficult for anybody to ever pass,” Rohrer said.
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