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Bowman Academy forward DavDillard celebrates after an  IHSAA boys 2-A semi-state victory 67-64 over TiptSaturday March 16 2013 HuntingtInd.

Bowman Academy forward Davon Dillard celebrates after an IHSAA boys 2-A semi-state victory 67-64 over Tipton Saturday March 16, 2013 in Huntington, Ind. |Joe Raymond ~For Sun-Times Media

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Scouting the Class 2A final

Bowman (17-9)
vs Linton-Stockton (24-3)

When: 11:45 a.m. Saturday

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Probable starting lineups: Bowman — Arthur Haggard, 6-3, G, 13.7 ppg; Antonio Pipkin, 6-3, F, 12.0 ppg; Justin King, 6-7, F, 13.6 ppg; Davon Dillard, 6-4, F, 16.0 ppg; Linden Jackson, 6-0, G, 4.1ppg; Linton-Stockton — Bryant Jackson, 6-3, G, 4.7 ppg; Keith Fulk, 5-10, G, 4.8 ppg; Austin Karazsia, 6-8, C, 20.4 ppg; Jackson Bohnert, 6-4, F, 6.4 ppg; Dess Fougerousse 6-5, F, 20.9 ppg.

Outlook: Bowman is going to try to run the Miners out of the gym. Linton-Stockton practiced this week using seven or eight players against five to try to get used to the Eagles’ pressure. The Miners lost their starting point guard to an ACL injury after Christmas and they really don’t play with one guard doing most of the ball handling. If they can force Bowman to back off the pressure, like the Eagles had to last year against Park Tudor, the Miners will probably win. That’s a big if, though.

Hutton’s pick: Bowman

Updated: April 23, 2013 2:34PM



INDIANAPOLIS — Davon Dillard is already good.

He’s going to be real good soon.

Bowman coach Marvin Rea said Dillard, a 6-4 sophomore who has had looks from the best collges in the country, leads the team in scoring despite the fact that he plays the least minutes of any starter.

Rea is not shy about going deep into his bench at any point during a game. He goes 12 deep so he can pull guys when they are in foul trouble or if they are making mistakes.

Dillard is still learning the game. Rea said the little things, like getting an over-and-back call against him in the final seconds when the Eagles played Tipton, are holding Dillard back. He averages 16.0 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. He is shooting 67.8 percent from the field. Getting to play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in front of a state-wide audience could open some eyes to his immense talent.

“There are some minor things he has to figure out.” Rea said. “But he’ll mature.”

Scouting report: Joey Hart, the coach for Linton-Stockton, called an old friend to get some advice on how to prepare for the state finals and how to play Bowman.

Hart talked to his former high school teammate Clint Swan. Swan and he played together at Union Dugger High School for a year. UD is just south of Terre Haute. Swan left for Rensselaer after he played with Hart.

Swan took a team — Andrean—to the state finals in 2000.

The phone call was strategic. He had lots of friends he could call for advice but none, other than Swan, who knew much about Bowman.

His advice to Hart?

“Pray,” he joked.

Game time jitters: One of the hardest parts about playing in the state finals can be the second the whistle blows — and immediately before that first tip-off.

The crowd is big, the lights are bright and the cameras are on. It’s an environment that is impossible to understand if you haven’t been through it.

Linton-Stockton has never played in a state final.

Bowman has played in three, though only two players, Antonio Pipkin and Justin King, played last year.

And that was briefly.

Rea said his team was psyched out about playing Park Tudor, with Indiana recruit Yogi Ferrell and Trevon Bluiett on the team. The game was never close, with Tudor winning by 22.

“Last year, when I called the first timeout, I knew we were in trouble,” Rea said. “We just had that deer in the headlights look.”

Rea said he expects this team to be much more relaxed. He brought the team to Indianapolis on Wednesday after school to help settle into a routine.



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