INDIANAPOLIS | Three Bowman Academy Eagles fans drove 30-plus hours to get to Indianapolis on Saturday for the Class 2A state championship game against Linton-Stockton.
Nick Moore, Carlos McCormick and Jeremy Rucker made the drive to Bankers Life Fieldhouse from California.
They were among the crowd that watched Bowman Academy win 86-73, becoming the only boys basketball program in the state to win two state championship in two different classes.
Bowman won the 2010 Class A state title.
“I grew up in the Roosevelt tradition and that's what we're trying to create here,” coach Marvin Rea said.
Bowman had four players in double-digit scoring, led by Davon Dillard's team-high 24 points. Antonio Pipkin and Justin King had 16 and Arthur Haggard added 15.
“A lot of people doubted us,” Dillard said. “Our fans never did. We won this for the city of Gary, our school and our family and friends. This feels really great.”
Bowman will play in Class 3A next year due to the IHSAA's new tournament success format. With the Eagles getting to state two years in a row, they were bumped up to the higher enrollment class next school year in boys basketball alone.
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