Bowman's Davon Dillard dunks a missed shot by Darrion Riddle to end the 1st 20-15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 23, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Bowman 20, Linton-Stockton 15
The pace started quick, which is right up Bowman’s alley. The Eagles took a 9-2 lead with 5:02 left on a layup from Davon Dillard after forcing five turnovers. But Linton-Stockton showed it’s no pushover by coming back to within 13-11 with 2:18 left on a layup by Austin Karazsia. Five straight points from Justin King on a pair of layups with a made free throw in between got the lead back to seven. Dillard ended the quarter with a dunk just before the buzzer sounded. The Miners had seven turnovers in the period.
Bowman 44, Linton-Stockton 31
A theme started to develop as Linton fell behind by seven early on, but cut the lead to 25-22 with 6:19 left on a layup by Dess Fougerousse. Then Bowman went on a 12-3 run on the strength of King, Anthony Cole, DeShawn Franklin and Arthur Haggard III as the Eagles displayed their depth. Offensive rebounding took center stage late in the quarter as Linden Jackson grabbed Darrion Riddle’s miss and put it back, with a foul, for a three-point play and 13-point lead at halftime.
Bowman 60, Linton-Stockton 52
King picked up his third foul with 6:26 left in the period, adding to a growing list of players in foul trouble for the Eagles. But it didn’t affect Bowman much as Haggard grabbed an offensive rebound and scored with 6:16 left for a 50-34 lead. Karazsia, who earned the Mental Attitude Award, wouldn’t let Linton go away. He had a layup with 4:56 left, a rebound and putback with 4:18 remaining, and then a layup with 3:47 left to keep the Miners within 11 points. Fougerousse scored seven of Linton’s last nine points in the quarter to cut the deficit to single digits once again. Karazsia had 25 points after three.
Final: Bowman 86, Linton-Stockton 73
Twice the Miners gave Bowman a reason to worry. A 3-pointer by Bryant Jackson with 7:19 left cut the lead to 60-55. But seven straight points from King — a layup, a short jumper and a 3-pointer — extended the lead back to eight, then Dillard had a three-point play to get it back to 11. Not so fast on the celebration, though. Two free throws by Jackson Bohnert brought Linton back to 70-65. That’s when it was Antonio Pipkin’s turn to seal the deal. In foul trouble all game and having as many fouls as points with 3:36 left (four), the senior scored 12 points in the final 3:28, which included making 6 of 7 free throws.
— Steve T. Gorches