Boys basketball: Zack Van Hook has 33 points to end Lowell’s mini losing streak
By TOMMY WILLIAMS Post-Tribune correspondent February 7, 2013 11:14PM
Lowell's Zach Van Hook (right) blocks the shot of Boone Grove's Jordan Jana at the end of the second quarter oof play during their game held at Lowell High School on Thursday February 7, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 10, 2013 6:38AM
LOWELL — The top scorer on the team you really don’t want to play in the sectionals is a multi-faceted offensive player who can burn you from long range, as Boone Grove can attest to after he hit three 3-pointers in their non-conference game Thursday night.
He can also go to the hoop and finish and the boy has some serious hops.
Case in point, his three alley-oop buckets against the Wolves, including one that ended with a two-handed dunk.
But even though his name speaks of basektball, Lowell guard Zach Van Hook does not have a hook shot.
“I’ve never tried that before,” he said.
He doesn’t need to. Van Hook had 33 points, five points over his average, as the Red Devils knocked off Boone Grove 61-53 in their first game since almost upsetting Andrean last Friday night.
Ironically, the win over Boone was almost identical to the Lowell loss to the 59ers: They took a lead early, held on to it through three quarters, but this time, they sealed the deal inspite of a fourth quarter rally by the Wolves.
“Our confidence is a lot higher than it was at the beginning of the season,” Van Hook said. “I think we can play with just about anyone,”
The past three games are a testament to that with Lowell losing, but playing tough against unbeaten Munster and Andrean before hitting the win column against Boone Grove on senior night.
“We’re in a good place right now,” said Lowell coach Nate Richie. “We’ve overcome a lot of adversity and we’re learning how to win every game. Right now we’re doing some good things.”
The Wolves did some good things in the fourth quarter to make a game of it and only trailed 52-48 with 1:45 left in the game.
Dean Hill led the Boone Grove in scoring with 21 points, including four 3-pointers.
Spenser Kersey pitched in with 13 points for Lowell, which can add to its resume with a home win over Merrillville on Tuesday.