HAMMOND | Anthony Cole doesn't even want to start.
Bowman coach Marvin Rea has asked the senior swingman, but he'd rather come off the bench.
"On any given day, anybody can start," Cole said. "I bring the energy when we come out flat. I change the momentum of the game."
Cole had 18 of the Eagles' 40 points in the third quarter, as Bowman pulled away for 117-78 Class 3A Hammond Sectional championship win over Lew Wallace.
The Eagles finished off the frame with a 23-2 run, thanks to a stifling full-court press. The Hornets had trouble even crossing midcourt.
"I tell our guys you can't come in and just show up and think you're going to win," Rea said. "Cole sparked us in that third quarter, and we just picked up our defensive intensity."
The state record for points in a quarter is 47, according to Leigh Evans of Hickory Husker.
Wallace hung with Bowman (19-4) for the first half, pushing the ball at every opportunity and scoring most of its points on layups. Aarion Green scored 21 points in the first 16 minutes, as Walllace led 44-42 at halftime.
"I tell you what, Wallace fought. They played a great game," Rea said. "I told them at halftime, 'We got punched in the mouth. We got bullied and you're either going to fight, or you're not going to fight.'"
The sectional championship is Bowman's fifth in six seasons of IHSAA eligibility, but its first in Class 3A. The loss ends a streak of four straight sectional titles for the Hornets (10-8).
"Bowman is a very good team. You can't turn the ball over against Bowman," L.W. interim coach Brandon Scott said. "But I am proud of the guys. They did fight."
Hornets coach Melvin Yancy missed the game with a health issue.
"(Being in Class 3A), I don't see any difference at all. You'll get caught by some 1A schools that'll spike you and a 4A school can get caught by a 2A school," Rea said. "At the end of the day, you have to play basketball no matter who steps on the court."
Green finished with 32 points to lead all scorers. Bowman had four different players score at least 17, led by Austin Daniels's 19.