"I've tried to pattern my game a little bit like Joey's with being able to shoot, coming off screens and shooting and to have the confidence he has," Schreck said. "For sure I've learned a lot from him."
Coming into the year, Schreck did not know exactly how many points he had scored in his career but he knew that he was getting close to 1,000 and that he would likely reach that milestone early in the season.
"I wanted to make it more about getting wins as a team and improving on what we've done in the past three years," he said. "I don't think it'd be as enjoyable if we were sitting here at .500 or with a losing record. Putting it on top of how well we're playing just makes it that much better."
Weingartner echoed that sentiment and likewise did not know exactly how many points he needed until he reached 1,000. The fact that he and Schreck were both so close only added another layer of enthusiasm to Weingartner's pre-season preparation.
"It was exciting and at the same time motivating. My competitive edge wanted to catch [Schreck] before he could get it but he had a little bit of a head start," he laughed. "More than anything it was exciting and it was fun and we got to celebrate. It's just good to see a brother reach a milestone like that."
The friendly competition that came from playing a similar position helped Schreck and Weingartner improve individually but also developed into a recipe for team success, as the Crusaders are seeing this season.
"For the most part, if one of us has a bad game the other one will pick it up," Schreck said of the backcourt partnership. "I'm a guy that will drive and if I'm not getting to the basket I'll kick it out to Joey who is more than likely going to knock it down."
The partnership between Schreck and Weingartner is the latest to lead to entry into the exclusive club of teammates to reach 1,000 career points in the same season in Capital history dating back more than 50 years.
In 1957-58, Chuck Kessler and Mike Outcalt became the first pair of teammates to score their 1,000th points in the same year. More than a decade later, in 1971-72, Bob Arnold, Don Kalb, Mike Stumpf and Scott Weakley all reached the 1,000 career point mark in the same season. Arnold and Kalb were seniors while Stumpf, the program's all-time leading scorer, and Weakley, fifth on the all-time list, reached 1,000 as juniors.
Another decade after that, Tracy Colston and Joe Glassco crossed the threshold in 1982-83. The program then had to wait 20 years until Geron Tate and Tony Ruberg became the latest pair of teammates to record their 1,000th points in the same campaign in '02-'03.
"I wasn't too aware of how many people have done it or who the highest scorers were but after doing so, I researched a little bit and it's definitely a very cool experience to go down in Capital history," Schreck said.
The duo and the rest of the Crusaders will try to make a little more history over the remainder of the season with only nine games remaining in the regular season. At 13-3, 8-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, Capital is off to one of the best starts in years. Capital's next opportunity for a victory will come on Friday, Jan. 18 at Ohio Northern. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.