INDIANAPOLIS | After letting one get away against four-time Illinois state champ Chicago Simeon on Saturday night, The Times No. 1 Bowman Academy Eagles had a keen sense of purpose on Monday.
A jam-packed Indianapolis Marshall gym saw the Eagles battle Clarksville, 79-76, at the eighth IPSAC Midwest Showcase, where the Generals went to the free throw line 40 times, hitting 30.
“An interesting game,” Bowman coach Marvin Rea said. “It seemed like everyone on our team had four fouls and they were in the bonus three minutes into each half.”
Actually, it wasn't that bad.
Clarksville (5-1) went into the bonus at 1:58 of the first quarter and double bonus not much later. With 2:27 left in the third quarter, the Generals were back in the bonus and double bonus at 50.2 of the quarter.
“There was no doubt we wanted revenge from (Simeon game),” senior Justin King said. “We was real motivated. We wanted to redeem ourselves. We came together as a team. We're family. When one struggles we all struggle.”
King was Bowman's main focus in the second half, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds in earning the game's MVP honor.
Martin Schiele scored all nine of his points in the first quarter as the Eagles (5-1) held a six-point lead.
Davon Dillard, not 100 percent due to an elbow injury, scored 12. Anthony Cole had the most complete game, scoring 13 points with six steals and three assists.
“If we start not playing hard defense we'll start losing games,” Rea said. “We have 13 guys and we had to use all 13 of them tonight.''
Arthur Haggard scored 30 against Chesterton, but has struggled of late scoring. He had seven on Monday.
“Once you score 30 you're on everyone's scouting report,” Rea said. “So you have to raise your game. Every time he touches the ball everyone yells, 'Shooter.'”
The Generals were sweating profusely at the end of the first half, as Clarksville trailed 44-34 and coach Jason Connell was frantically working the officials.
He called for fouls and traveling on almost every play, loudly. And it worked. All game.
The Eagles were called for 14 fouls and the Generals were 14-of-19 from the line in the first 16 minutes of play. Bowman got its opportunities, too, but was only 6-of-12 from the line at the half.
Clarksville's Marquise Parrish had a game-high 28 points.
“It was different,” Rea said. “But we'll take the win.”