Boys basketball

Despite loss, Eagles may soar even higher

2014-03-29T19:13:00Z 2014-03-31T20:37:05Z Despite loss, Eagles may soar even higherAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
March 29, 2014 7:13 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Bowman Academy, come on up. There is no wheel to spin, no words to unscramble. Just keep winning and winning.

Indiana High School Athletic Association Commissioner Bobby Cox, while presiding over Saturday's boys state basketball finals, said the Class 3A Eagles could find themselves reclassified to 4A if their phenomenal rate of success continues.

Bowman played defending 3A champion Greensburg in the day's third state finals game and was attempting to become the first boys basketball team to win a state title in three different classes.

No such luck as the Pirates rolled, 89-76.

Coach Marvin Rea's Eagles were playing up one class via the Tournament Success Factor points accumulated over the previous two seasons.

"Let's assume that (Bowman) gets beat today and they win the semistate next year and they score six points in the two-year period," Cox said prior to tip-off. "You get a point for the sectional, two for the regional, three for semistate and four for state.

"If you score six points in a re-classification, re-alignment period and you're residing in a class below the largest enrollment class, then that team in that sport moves up one classification."

If Bowman returns to the state championship in 2015, it would move up while the rest of its sports, including girls basketball, stays at 3A.

Had the Eagles won Saturday, all they would need to do is win the regional next year to move up to 4A for two years. If you score four or five points in your new classification, you remain in that class, Cox said.

Three points or less and you go back to the classification your school enrollment places you.

"I don't know what Bowman's enrollment will be in three or four years," Cox added. "But it could be a 2A school when we draw the lines. If they're 3A by enrollment, they go back to 3A."

Bowman has gone 9-0 against 3A and 7-3 vs. 4A this season.

If the Eagles were to move up one day, it could make for a very successful tournament series regarding attendance and revenue, Cox said.

"At the end of the day, we're addressing success," he said. "People get upset, get irritated, when the same teams win over and over and by how they may have gotten there.

"Schools that used to play those (reclassified) schools are jumping for joy because now they have a new tournament. Those six, seven, eight, schools feel now we have a chance."

This is the 17th year of class sports in Indiana and Cox believes Rule 2.5 — the Tournament Success Factor — could have an impact on future tournaments.

Bowman Academy, meanwhile, remains an independent with few local teams willing to play it in basketball due to a wealth of talent.

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