Boys basketball

It's now or never for the Bowman Academy Eagles

2013-03-22T22:00:00Z 2014-03-28T20:16:09Z It's now or never for the Bowman Academy EaglesSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

GARY | Of the 410 schools in this year's boys basketball tournament, 406 will end their season with a loss.

That's the footnote of Hoosier Hysteria. Almost everyone loses before turning in their gear.

Bowman Academy has been with the pack the last two seasons. But there is a major difference with the Eagles. First, Bowman, by admission, has a higher standard.

Secondly, coach Marvin Rea's teams have been embarrassed, by his own admission, to end the last two postseasons.

In 2011, in Bowman's last year in Class A, the Eagles were beaten by Morgan Township 53-49. On their home floor.

“That was embarrassing,” Rea said.

Last year, with three Division I players on the floor, Bowman was pounded by Indianapolis Park Tudor 79-57. Better. But still not something to write home about.

“That was embarrassing, too,” Rea said. “We do not want to be known as a team who can't get it done on the big stage. We do not want to be the program that people say chokes in the big game.

“It is imperative that we win (today).”

Bowman Academy (17-9) takes on Linton-Stockton (24-3) today in the Class 2A state championship game at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

This is the Eagles' last year in 2A. They want something better than the Cherokee spanking.

“It was tough, a learning experience,” junior Justin King said of the loss two Marches ago. “We can't underestimate anyone. We have to do what we do.

“We don't want to play down with anybody.”

King confirmed that last year was improved. Getting to a state championship game is nothing but good. The bar was raised.

But the way Yogi Ferrell made the Eagles look like they were playing without a GPS, running around like an eighth-grade team scrimmaging an NBA team, today has to be a better showing.

“On any given night any team can beat any other team,” junior Arthur Haggard said. “Last year was awful, especially on a big stage like that. We have to cherish every possession. We have to keep our composure. I think last year we were too excited.

“We have to keep our heads and play our game.”

Linton-Stockton is not like Bowman, playing in its third staight championship game in four years. The Miners are playing in their first state title game. They won their first sectional title since 1982 and their first regional since 1946. But they are dangerous.

Senior Austin Karazsia, a 6-foot-8 standout, is averaging 20.4 points a game. Classmate Dess Fougerousse, a 6-foot-5 scoring maching, is averaging 20.7 points a contest.

These two and a hot roster stand in the way of Bowman's hoop redemption. If it doesn't happen these Eagles could become the Cleveland Browns of Indiana high school basketball.

“It's our 12 against their two,” King said. “If they can outscore our five, I want to see it.”

Rea agrees.

“We need to go in there and get it done,” Rea said. “We've come too far to go down their and lay an egg again. We can't be comfortable just going down there. We don't want to be under .500 in state championship games.

“We have to play our game and get a win.”

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Who was the area's best baseball player this season?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News