Greensburg tops Bowman Academy 89-76 for Class 3A state title
By Brian Peloza For Sun-Times Media March 29, 2014 7:20PM
Bowman's Justin King, Darrion Riddle and Austin Daniels console each-other after their loss to Greensburg in the 3A finals at Bankers Life Fieldhousel on March 29, 2014. | Jim Karczewski\Sun-Times Media
Greensburg 89, Bowman 76
Greensburg — Bryce Bennett 0-0 0-0 0, Macy Holdsworth 2-6 0-0 6, Collin Rigney 8-12 0-0 23, Riley Burkert 0-0 0-0 0, Tye Fleetwood 0-0 0-0 0, Bryant McIntosh 3-9 0-1 8, Ryan Welage 9-13 3-7 21, Sean Sellers 8-13 11-13 27, Tom Lawrence 1-2 1-2 4, Brad Wilson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 31-55 15-23 89.
Bowman — Arthur Haggard 4-11 0-0 11, Raynard Perry 1-6 1-2 3, Darrion Riddle 2-6 0-1 4, DeShawn Franklin 0-0 0-0 0, Martin Schiele 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Daniels 7-13 0-1 14, Avery Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, Justin King 3-11 5-6 11, Davon Dillard 10-20 0-0 21, Montrell Barfield 0-0 0-0 0, Anthony Cole 5-11 2-3 12, Kendall Sims 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 32-78 8-13 76.
Greensburg 22 22 22 23—89
Bowman Academy 15 20 19 22—76
3-point shooting —Greensburg 12-21 (Holdsworth 2-5, Rigney 7-10, McIntosh 2-4, Sellers 0-1, Lawrence 1-1), Bowman 4-20 (Haggard 3-7, Perry 0-4, Daniels 0-3, King 0-1, Dillard 1-4, Cole 0-1). Total fouls — Greensburg 12, Bowman 23. Fouled out — Cole (Bowman).
Records: Greensburg 28-1, Bowman Academy 22-5
Updated: May 29, 2014 4:14AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Bowman players and coaches were crying in the locker room when a sophomore pulled coach Marvin Rea to the side.
Montrell Barfield had a promise for his coach: The Eagles will take one more step next season.
Bowman was trying to become the first team to win an Indiana state championship in three different classes, but Greensburg quickly dashed those plans.
The Pirates never trailed and won their second consecutive IHSAA Class 3A state championship with an 89-76 win Saturday over the Eagles at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“I told him what doesn’t kill us will make us stronger,” Barfield said. “As sophomores we’re going to put in the work and put in the dedication to get us back where we should be near year and get back downstate. I feel like we owe it to everybody to bring it home next year.”
Bowman lost in the program’s first Class 2A state championship game in 2012 before winning the title last season. Now, Rea hopes his program will follow the same trend after losing in its first Class 3A championship game Saturday.
“We’re going to be smarter, we’re going to be stronger and we’re going to be better,” Rea said.
The game started badly for Bowman and never got much better. Greensburg hit three-pointers on its two first possessions and never led by fewer than four points the remainder of the game.
“For whatever reason we came out flat and went through the motions for the better part of 31/2 quarters,” Rea said.
Bowman wanted to use its pressure defense to create 32 minutes of havoc. The Eagles forced 22 turnovers, but nine of those came in the fourth quarter when the deficit had reached as much as 19 points.
“It was more like three minutes,” Rea said. “Maybe four or five minutes.”
Bowman trailed 58-54 after Anthony Cole’s layup late in the third quarter. The Eagles then forced a miss on the defensive end, but could not gather the rebound. Collin Rigney used the second opportunity to hit one of his seven three-pointers in the game to extend Greensburg’s lead.
Three-point shooting was one of the more telling stats of the game. Bowman was 4-of-20 from beyond the arc, while Greensburg made 12-of-21.
Led by Northwestern recruit Bryant McIntosh, the Pirates frequently handled the Eagles’ fullcourt pressure defense with two main end results: open three-point shots or inside feeds to forward Sean Sellers, who finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds.
“It was quick ball movement,” Greensburg coach Stacy Meyer said. “It wasn’t in our hands for a long period of time, which was huge because the trap couldn’t get set. We were going to attack that pressure and knew we were going to have to live with some jump shots.”
Davon Dillard led Bowman with 21 points and five rebounds, while Justin King added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Austin Daniels had 14 points, while Anthony Cole added 12 points and Arthur Haggard had 11.
Rigney finished with 23 points for Greensburg, while Ryan Welage added 21 points and seven rebounds. McIntosh had eight points and 11 assists.