Once the final basket counted and the last horn sounded, the celebration commenced.
The Thomson boys basketball team routed Harlem, 101-36, on Tuesday night to give coach Michael Thomas the 500th victory of his career.
“We had to get (100) for him,” said John Atkins, who had a game-best 17 points for Thomson.
It was obvious from the start that Thomas, who started his coaching career in 1982, wouldn’t need a second chance to get No. 500.