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Boys basketball: Bowman’s rally vs. Hamilton SE falls short; Hammond tops 21st Century

Hammond's Robert Evans swats ball from 21st Century's Louis Brown second quarter Bowman Academy Friday evening | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times

Hammond's Robert Evans swats the ball from 21st Century's Louis Brown in the second quarter at Bowman Academy Friday evening | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 25, 2012 6:23AM



GARY — The Thanksgiving turkey hangover was gone by the time Bowman and Hamilton Southeastern hit the gym floor.

Both teams were ready to ball.

Two words for the early season line on the Eagles.

Watch out.

Bowman couldn’t quite get it done against Hamilton Southeastern in the Black Friday Bowman Shootout.

But the message the Eagles delivered to Indiana basketball was “get ready to rumble” after losing a high-flying, pulsating 73-71 contest to the Royals.

Hamilton, with Mr. Basketball candidate Zak Irvin, a 6-8 point forward/guard, watched a seven-point third-quarter lead dissipate with a patented, furious fourth-quarter Bowman run.

It almost looked like a jubilant, victory-turning run for Bowman after Davon Dillard, who didn’t start, laid one in with 22 seconds left that tied the game at 71. Dillard’s layup came after he stole the ball at half-court.

The Royals took a one-point lead with 18.6 left on a free throw by Paul Furlin.

With the crowd going wild, the Eagles were in perfect position to attack against the Royals.

Furlin, however, silenced them.

He did that by deflecting a lazy entrance pass into one of the guards at the top of the key. The deflection turned into a steal and it sent Furlin to the line, where he made one of two free throws.

Justin King, who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, exemplified Bowman’s play. He was rugged and tough but certainly not perfect. He had six turnovers.

He called the errant pass at the end a “mental lapse.”

Bowman still had one final chance to win the game but couldn’t get a clean shot off. The Royals, off to play Lake Central on Saturday, were definitely tested.

Brian Satterfield, the Royals coach, was happy with the way his team battled back. He was unhappy with the free-throw shooting. They finished 11-of-19 from the line in the fourth quarter.

Satterfield said the play by Furlin was all his ingenuity. Satterfield was trying to get his team to back off and drop down into a more sagging defense.

“He was just able to get his hands out there,” Satterfield said. “It was a big play.”

The most spectacular play, aside from Irvin, who finished with 30 points and eight rebounds, came from Dillard. Dillard already has a slew of big schools stalking him. His game tying layup with 22 seconds left was a floater across the middle that he dropped in with his hand above the rim.

Dillard, who played just 17:53, was held out of the starting lineup because he missed a morning practice.

He was contrite about missing the practice, saying he had something going on at home.

He was happy to play at home —the first time he has suited up for a Bowman crowd.

“It was nice,” he said. “I was able to get my mind off things.”

Bowman coach Marvin Rea said Dillard played about three “good minutes.”

Rea said his team needs to clean up some of the turnovers and ratchet up the intensity and they’ll be alright.

In the first game, Hammond used an 18-2 second quarter run to take control in its 66-47 victory over Gary 21st Century.

The Cougars went nearly five minutes without scoring in the quarter.

Levon Hamilton led the Wildcats with 23 points while Ahkee Porter scored 16 for 21st Century and Louis Brown pitched in with 12.



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