CHICAGO | This one is going to sting for a while for Bowman Academy.
Under the watchful eye of Simeon grad and Duke standout Jabari Parker at courtside, the Times No. 1 Bowman Academy lost an eight-point lead with two minutes remaining in regulation to fall 54-51 to Simeon in overtime. Justin King and Davon Dillard each scored 15 for Bowman Academy. Bowman led most of the way in this one, but down the stretch they were unable to control the ball and the clock when they needed.
"It was just one play we needed," Bowman coach said Marvin Rea said. "We had a four point lead with the ball and 30 seconds left. We have to get some things worked out on our bench."
After hearing the bench call for an alley-oop, Bowman (4-1) went for the alley-oop with the ball and the four-point lead when the team would have been better served to bring the ball out and make the Wolverines foul. Rea was more disappointed in his coaching staff for calling for the dunk.
"It's not the players' fault," Rea said. "We have coaches yelling alley-oop, throw the ball. We bring the ball out and make free throws and we win the ball game."
Bowman used the full-court press in the first half to control Simeon throughout (6-1), and Bowman enjoyed a three-point lead at the half. Montrell Barfield added seven points for Bowman Academy, and teammate Anthony Cole recorded six points. Dillard was forced to watch from the bench most of the first quarter, but the junior forward was a force on the court when he was out there.
"We were just going to rest him," Rea said. "(King) was playing well until he got into foul trouble so we had no choice but to play him."
Bowman had circled this game on their schedule and were looking forward to competing with the four time Illinois state champs. Bowman lost to Simeon 61-46 in 2010 at the Genesis Center and were also looking for a small amount of payback in Chicago.
"We lost and we took it," King said. "We just have to get better. We were very pumped out. You don't know how good it was to play them. We lost, but we'll get better."