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Boys basketball: Bowman’s Antonio Pipkin comes through at the end

Updated: February 21, 2013 6:57AM



GARY — It’s just one of those moments kids dream of when they first start bouncing a basketball: A chance to send a team home with a victory.

Bowman’s Antonio Pipkin finally had his chance to put his team over the top, as the 6-3 senior limped to free-throw line with the game tied and six seconds showing on the clock.

After an earlier fall while blocking a shot left the veteran hobbled, Eagles coach Marvin Rea pulled his floor leader. But with Davon Dillard fouling out, Pipkin went to Rea requesting to go back in.

Pipkin missed the first of two free throws, but confidentially made the second one, sending the Eagles (6-7) faithful home happy with a 74-73 victory over Fort Wayne Northrop (13-3).

“That first free throw, I just didn’t have any lift and the second shot I knew was going in; I just needed to put up with the pain (in my ankle),” said Pipkin, who finished with five points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal.

“Pipkin is our leader and he has been through the battles,” Rea said. “He came to me and told me he wanted to go back in the game after Dillard fouled out.”

Dillard came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Once the second free throw came out of the net, Purdue-bound guard Bryson Scott slipped by the Eagles defense and let a runner just left of the lane float off the front of the rim to leave the Bruins stunned.

Scott finished with a game-high 29 points, seven steals, six rebounds and four assists on 11 of 21 shooting, while his brother Brenton added in 26 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

“(Bryson) Scott is definitely one of the best guards in the state,” Rea said.

The Eagles also got 10 points from Montrell Barfield and Justin King added nine points and nine rebounds.



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