Boys basketball: Andrean avoids upset against Lowell
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent February 1, 2013 11:10PM
Andrean's Nick Davidson looks to shoot with pressure from Lowell's Zach VanHook, Spenser Kersey, and Eric Zukauskas during the first quarter on Friday at Lowell. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 3, 2013 6:15AM
LOWELL — Lowell had given Andrean all it could handle Friday night, but at around the two-minute mark of the third quarter, the 59ers were officially put on upset alert.
Red Devils freshman guard Brandon Cory was looking for an open teammate under the basket from 35 feet away and lobbed a pass that was way over his head — and wound up swishing into the basket.
That improbable bucket helped Lowell take a seven-point lead after three quarters. But good teams find ways to win and the 59ers, thanks to a great game on both ends of the floor by Skyler Moss and Nick Davidson shaking off an off shooting night when it mattered, escaped with a 39-36 win, their third win in a row.
But it took a strong fourth quarter for the 59ers to avoid the upset.
“We didn’t hit the number of 3-pointers we usually hit so coach told us to push the ball into the middle and crash the boards hard,” said Moss, who kept Andrean within striking distance with 17 points. ‘They fed me the ball and I made some shots.”
Crashing the boards and good defense (they held Lowell to two free throws in the fourth quarter)were key to the 59ers victory. Davidson picked up an offensive rebound and three-point play to give Andrean a 35-34 lead midway through the fourth quarter, and the Red Devils could not recover.
“I have to give our kids credit,” said Lowell coach Nate Richie, whose team played Munster tough last week before losing by 10. “We had a seven-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but we made a few mistakes and had a couple of defensive breakdowns before they went on that 8-0 run to take the lead.
“You have to give credit to Andrean because they stayed with it.”
A very patient offensive attack, with Billy Barker scoring a team-high 15 points, kept Lowell (7-10, 3-3 in the NCC) in the game all the way to the end with the Red Devils having two chances to tie the game in the final seconds. But they missed 3-point shots both times.
Davidson finished with 11 for Andrean (14-1, 5-0), while Zach Van Hook scored 10 for Lowell.