Boys basketball: Noll, Bowman set up rematch
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent March 1, 2013 10:22PM
Bowman junior Justin King looks to pass against Lake Station during their Sectional semi-final Friday, March 1, 2013, at Wheeler HIgh School in Wheeler, Ind. | Scott M. Bort~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 3, 2013 6:16AM
VALPARAISO — Bishop Noll junior Tyreon Gates has been looking forward to the Noll-Bowman Academy matchup all year.
Well, now he’s got it.
The Warriors knocked off Whiting in the Class 2A Wheeler Sectional semifinals, 73-47, on Friday night, while the Eagles topped Lake Station 87-52 in the opener to set up a rematch of last year’s sectional championship game.
That game was won by 77-58 Bowman, which eventually reached the state championship game against Park Tudor.
Gates is hoping this year will be different.
“This was one of our goals to beat them,” said Gates, who knocked down four 3s and recorded a team-high 13 points and four rebounds in the win over Whiting. “We’ll need to rebound and box out to beat them. It’s all mental; you just have to think about it and boxout.”
The Warriors (19-4) had no trouble rebounding and boxing out a smaller Whiting squad. Noll outrebounded the Oilers (2-19) 34-20 in Friday’s win as 11 players contributed on the scoreboard.
Marquis Tarver contributed 10 points and four rebounds, while Jalen Hord had nine points and Roman Penn tallied eight points.
Warriors coach Drew Trost mentioned Penn — a freshman — in the postgame interview.
“Gates has been shooting (the 3) better lately,” Trost said. “We know (the 3) has been a weakness of ours; that’s why you saw Penn today because he can really shoot it.
“That and boxing out and handling the pressure will be key (Saturday night). They do such a good job of handling pressure. It’s going to be a battle for sure.”
Gates said the title game will be the Warriors’ first real test of the postseason after beating Wheeler and Whiting three times each this season.
“They are a really good team,” he said. “Their strength is their rebounding. They do a good job of following missed shots.”
That’s obvious as Antonio Pipkin recorded five straight offensive rebounds in the third quarter against Lake Station (9-12). Bowman (13-9) jumped out to a 20-4 first-quarter lead and 43-13 halftime lead. Bowman was just too big and quick to let Lake Station get in its way.
Justin King, a 6-7 junior forward, was again a difference-maker as he recorded a game-high 20 points. Arthur Haggard had another strong game from the outside, tallying 13 points and Davon Dillard contributed 11 points.
Lake Station was led by Brian Patterson, who scored a team-high 13 points, and Dwayne Haden, who added 11.
In the nightcap, Whiting senior guard Nick Filipek ended his career with a team-high 15 points, while fellow senior Cameron Chorba finished with 11 points and six rebounds.