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For a player who wasn’t much of a scorer before high school, Mooseheart senior Michael Lowe has certainly found ways to put the basketball in the net. Wednesday, he hit the 1,000-point milestone with a career-high 32-point performance in a convincing 68-33 victory over IMSA.
“I’ve been thinking about this since the end of sophomore year,” Lowe said. “I remember talking to my brother, thinking that I had about 500 points. I thought maybe I’d get it my junior year, but I didn’t. I wasn’t thinking about it too much this year, but I’m glad it’s happened.”
Lowe’s transformation from a middling shooter to a sharpshooter from outside who can also drive for inside shots too time.
“I think I was one of the better players on my eighth-grade team, but I couldn’t shoot at all,” Lowe said. “That summer, I wanted to become a shooter, so I spent the whole summer at the YMCA shooting and shooting three’s.”
That effort allowed Lowe to make an impact as a Mooseheart freshman, and the Kenosha, WI native has played all four seasons as a varsity player for the Ramblers.
“We had several situations in (Lowe’s) freshman year, where I had to bring guys up from the JV. And he was the guy who stepped up. He scored over 300 points for us his freshman year and was a very good three-point shooter,” Mooseheart boys basketball coach Pete Daneels said.
The biggest surprise on Wednesday was the presence of Lowe’s mother – Janet Lowe – who changed travel plans in order to attend the contest.
“I was shocked because she was supposed to have a trip today,” Lowe said. “She cancelled her trip to be able to make it out here to see me play. I’m very thankful for that.”
Lowe reached the 1,000 plateau with 48 seconds left in the first quarter on a breakaway dunk. He finished that quarter with 10 points, had 21 at halftime and took limited shots in the second half while still garnering 32 points for the contest.
“I wouldn’t say it was a lot of pressure, but all day at school, everyone was saying ‘get the 1,000 points on a dunk,’” Lowe said. “Then the ref, right before I got the steal and dunk, said that as I only needed one more (basket), to get it on a dunk. I don’t know what people would have thought if I’d gotten it on a three, but I got a dunk and that was pretty exciting.”
Lowe has played all four years with Mooseheart, scoring steadily in each season. As a senior, he has already scored 108 points and is averaging 18 points per game.
“This reflects on my teammates more than it does on me,” Lowe said. “They have more trust than I do in myself sometimes. They tell me to shoot the ball and keep feeding me the ball. If they weren’t feeding me the ball, I wouldn’t have had a chance to score 1,000 points.”
Lowe was complemented by Alphonso Bailey’s 20-point effort on Tuesday – 14 coming in the first half. Mooseheart led 36-16 at halftime and scored 21 points on seven three-pointers in the third quarter.
“We’ve had good leads in every game and then we’ve come out and not played well in the third quarter. This was the first time we’ve played well in the third quarter all season,” Daneels said.
Cassius Harper scored 9 points – all in the second half – to lead IMSA in scoring.
Mooseheart returns to action on Friday with a 7:30 p.m. home contest against Schaumburg Christian.