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Bowman star knocked out teammate in fight: report

Bowman's DavDillard drives it hole is fouled by Linton-Stockton's JacksBohnert Bankers Life Fieldhouse Saturday March 23 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for

Bowman's Davon Dillard drives it to the hole and is fouled by Linton-Stockton's Jackson Bohnert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 23, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 10, 2014 12:01PM



Bowman’s standout basketball player Davon Dillard knocked a teammate unconscious in a bloody fight before the season started, according to a Gary police report obtained by the Post-Tribune.

Bowman coach Marvin Rea, who held Dillard out of the first three games of the season, refused comment on the incident.

“I don’t have anything to say,” Rea said.

Rea had told the Post-Tribune at the beginning of the season that Dillard was out for an academic issue. Rea is listed on the police report as the reporting person.

According to the report, a skirmish broke out between two teammates Nov. 21 at Bowman High School during practice at the gym at 7:55 p.m., and Dillard came over and “started swinging wildly” after other teammates had tried to break up the fight. Dillard struck Anthony Cole in the face and he was knocked unconscious, according to the report. Cole fell forward and landed on his face and, the report states, Rea could then see a “pool of blood around his head.”

Rea told police Cole was incoherent for three to five minutes. The right side of Cole’s face was swollen, the bottom of his chin had a deep cut and his tooth was broken, according to the report. He also was treated at Methodist Hospitals for scratches to his face and neck.

Dillard, a 6-5 junior, is averaging 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Eagles. Bowman won the Class 2A state title last year and is ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Class 2A poll and No. 6 in the latest Indiana Basketball Coaches Association poll.

Cole, a 6-2 guard, has played in 10 of 11 games for Bowman this year. He is averaging 10.7 points per game and 4.7 rebounds. Attempts to reach Cole were unsuccessful.

According to Scout.com, which lists Dillard as a three-star player, Creighton, Purdue and Valparaiso University have offered scholarships. Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa, DePaul and Dayton have all shown interest.

Dillard had enrolled at Gary Lighthouse, a charter school, before transferring to Bowman last season. He and Justin King were the top players on the Eagles; Dillard led Bowman with 24 points in an 86-73 victory over Linton Stockton in the state title game.



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