Boys basketball: Boone Grove usees team effort to top Winamac
By Terry Turner Post-Tribune correspondent March 2, 2013 11:10PM
Updated: April 4, 2013 7:03AM
WINAMAC — Boone Grove is headed to the North Judson Regional next weekend, after a true team game gave the Wolves a Winamac Sectional championship game victory, 64-49, Saturday.
Winamac is so explosive, so dangerous, it was crucial for the Wolves when they rolled off an early second-quarter run. The Wolves went into the second quarter tied 15-15. Senior Daniel Molouhos, who figured prominently for Boone in a massive 10-point fourth-quarter effort, started things off by putting his team up 19-18.
From there, with junior Jon Hogg hitting a 3, and senior Dean Hill drilling a pair of 2s, then Milhous and fellow senior Colin Christ adding points… the Wolves had a 10-point lead at halftime.
“I knew in the second quarter when I came out and hit that 3, this is it,” Hogg said. “We never stopped (stepping) on the gas.”
Veteran Boone Grove coach Matt McKay pretty much agreed,
“Once we got separation, we were able to run our offense the way we wanted to. We got some easy baskets. We were able to get easy baskets out high, and with penetration inside. Molouhos, last night he struggled, tonight, when he exploded to the basket, he did really well.”
Molouhos scored 13 points, handed out four assists and added a couple of key rebounds and was often a terror on defense.
Hogg has been a crucial cog the entire tournament. Saturday, he shook off an early twisted ankle, scoring 21 points, with seven in the second quarter, and eight in the final eight minutes.
“Hogg is almost an all-state cross country runner. He doesn’t get tired, he goes, goes and goes. He is a baseball pitcher,” said McKay. “He’s a heck of an athlete, but it has taken a bit longer to (become a complete basketball player). He’s one of those long players, before you know he’s at the basket.”