Boys basketball: Cathedral stops Bowman’s streak at six
INDIANAPOLIS — Bowman Academy and Cathedral each entered Friday on a six-game winning streak.
One team may have handled the winning streak better than the other.
Cathedral extended its streak to seven games with a lopsided 75-57 victory. The host Irish took first-quarter leads of 7-0 and 22-9.
“Like I explained to the guys, we won six straight by playing like a team, sharing the ball and running our sets and doing the things that it takes to win the game,” Bowman coach Marvin Rea said. “(Against Cathedral) we had three or four different teams playing. We went 1-on-1, not looking to pass the ball. I don’t know if the success and hype of winning six (straight) games — we’re a young team — got to us.”
Bowman slowly chipped away at Cathedral’s lead, which was 10 points at halftime, and only after a controversial half-court 3-pointer from Irish senior Mo Evans was counted after possibly hitting a basket support.
In the second half, Bowman continued its rally and cut the Irish’s lead to five points, 45-40, late in the third quarter.
Cathedral, though, went on a 17-4 run over the third and fourth quarters to put the game away.
“When we cut the lead and made our run we didn’t make that run with our leaders in the game,” Rea said. “We made that run with guys that understand their roles and play hard defense. I was feeling good.”
Cathedral was led by Jalen Coleman, who had 23 points, while Garrett Hall added nine points. Collin Hartman, an Indiana University recruit, had nine points.
Bowman was led by Justin King and Antonio Pipkin, who each scored 10 points. Davon Dillard and Montrell Barefield each scored nine points.
The Eagles (8-8) host Hammond on Wednesday. Rea hopes the loss at Cathedral will serve as a lesson to his young squad.
“All you have are the guys in the lockerroom,” Rea said. “You can’t get caught up with the hype of the fans, the things that come with success, the phone calls from the family. We weren’t getting those when we lost six straight.”