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Boys basketball: Bowman overpowers River Forest; Bishop Noll survives close one over host Wheeler

With 3.5 seconds left 2nd Bishop Noll's Larry Crisler puts one up traffic under basket sinks it putting Noll up

With 3.5 seconds left in the 2nd, Bishop Noll's Larry Crisler puts one up in traffic under the basket and sinks it putting Noll up 24-17 at Wheeler High School on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 28, 2013 6:50AM



VALPARAISO — Bowman Academy was just too much for River Forest as it used its size and speed to record 44 rebounds and 16 steals in an 80-51 Class 2A Wheeler Sectional first-round win over the Ingots on Tuesday night.

The Eagles recorded nine steals in the second quarter and outscored River Forest 22-10 in that stretch to put the clamps on this one early. Bowman led 39-21 at the half.

Junior forward Justin King said it’s all about defense in practice.

“Our practice is running and getting into shape,” said King, who had 18 points and six rebounds. “I’m glad we played hard to get through it. Now, we’ve got six more games left.”

In the nightcap, Bishop Noll edged Wheeler 48-40 for its third win over the Bearcats this season. The Warriors (18-4) were led by junior Larry Crisler, who finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Noll will face Whiting in the second game Friday night at 7:30 p.m., while Bowman (12-9) opens Friday’s semifinal action against Lake Station at 6.

Eleven Eagles scored in this one with the lone member Darrion Riddle (not registering a point) contributing in other ways as he tallied six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Arthur Haggard had a strong game recording 16 points, four steals and two assists.

“Haggard sparked us with some threes,” Bowman coach Marvin Rea said of Haggard’s four bombs. “He’s been in a little slump lately but he seemed to snap out of it.”

Rea said his team’s 29-point win was sloppy — at times — and that his squad will need to play better going forward.

“We pretty much came out flat,” he said. “But this is the first sectional game for a lot of guys so they came out with some butterflies.

“I think we have some work to do but it’s the post-season and you’ll take a win anyway you can get one.”

The Warriors jumped out to a 14-2 first-quarter lead but Wheeler outscored Noll 15-10 in the second quarter and 12-10 in the third quarter to make it a contest in the end.

Noll shot 8-for-12 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to hold off the upset.

Tyreon Gates had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors.



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