Jan 7, 2016 10:09 PM by Ross Field
Our latest Subway Scholar Athlete is an Oroville High School basketball player who is fully capable of putting up big numbers on the court and in the classroom. Action News Now's Ross Field filed this report.
Ryan Lowe was introduced to basketball at a young age by his dad.
"I was probably 3-or-4, somewhere around there, really young, I just started messing around with a little hoop and a rubber ball," said Lowe.
Twelve years later dad is his biggest fan, but also biggest critic.
"He tells me I shouldn't be as cocky," said Lowe.
Well, at the moment, Ryan has a reason to be cocky.
He caught fire Tuesday night scoring a career-high 42 points, 35 in the second half, to help Oroville (8-3) get a road win over Chico.
"That was probably one of the funnest times I've ever had on a basketball court," said Lowe.
It was a performance that surprised the unselfish point guard, his teammates and coach.
"I honestly usually don't do much of the scoring. I try and usually set people up," said Lowe.
"That was honestly pretty dang crazy," said Niko Lobo.
"I think someone on Chico got him mad a little bit," said Bobby Jones.
"I was wondering if they were going to try and stop him, well they tried, but they couldn't," said Jacob Tamaii.
"It was something that I haven't seen in my life from a high school kid that I've been able to coach," said Rob Anderson.
Lowe takes pride in sporting a Tigers uniform, especially because of the camaraderie he shares with his teammates. They don't care about individual stats but rather one overall goal this season - section title.
"This team has a high ceiling, we're all one band of brothers, we work together well, we all know our role and we basically just work off team chemistry and feed off each other," said Lowe.
Off the court and in the classroom, Lowe brings in a 3.4 GPA. He's into science and is hopeful for a career in the medical field.
But he's only a junior so he has plenty of time to figure out the next step.
For now, it's about homework and hoops, and building off a performance he won't soon forget.
"He comes to work. He comes to do what other scholar athletes do and that's come to work on a daily basis," said Anderson.
Oroville High School's Ryan Lowe is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.
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