Boys basketball: Bowman blows lead, recovers to beat Brownsburg
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent December 21, 2012 11:26PM
Updated: January 23, 2013 6:12AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Bowman Academy had a dominating first quarter against Brownsburg and needed every bit.
After letting a double-digit lead slip into a late fourth-quarter deficit, the Eagles pulled out a 59-55 win in the IPSAC vs. Midwest Boys Basketball Showcase at John Marshall High School on Friday.
Bowman (2-4) used its pressure to force 30 turnovers in the game and held a 22-7 lead early in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs outscored the Eagles each of the last three quarters, taking a 53-51 lead. Bowman’s Justin King broke a tie game and put the Eagles ahead for good, 58-55, converting a three-point play with 53 seconds remaining.
Davon Dillard led Bowman with 17 points, while King finished with 16.
“We do a great job in the first half, especially in the first quarter even against Andrean,” Bowman coach Marvin Rea said. “We play picture-perfect basketball. Everything we work on in practice and then it just seems as we lose focus.”
Rea said he feels the Eagles play too much one-on-one basketball when they get a big lead.
“We have to re-ehmphasize that we have to share the ball and do what we did to get the lead,” Rea said. “Then we relax and it’s, ‘How do we get that motor turning again?’”
While Bowman lost a big lead, Rea was pleased that they ended up winning the game even after briefly falling behind in the final three minutes.
“Now they’re continuing to learn to fight back,” Rea said. “If you put yourself in a hole you need to fight through it. They’re maturing from that standpoint. They just need to understand that when you get a team down you have to bury them. They need to get that killer instinct and once they get that we’ll be fine.”
Sophomore K.J. Walton led Brownsburg (2-6) with 15 points, scoring all but two in the second half.
“We came out flat and we just didn’t look like we wanted to play,” said first-year Brownsburg coach Ronald Nored, a starting guard for both of Butler’s national runner-up teams. “That kind of hurts and that’s my fault. I didn’t get them ready to play like we neeed to and we have to come out better than that.”