Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:37 pm
ROSSVILLE – The aggressive, physical play of 3A Bowman Academy was a little too much for the 1A Rossville Hornets as the Eagles came away with a 66-47 victory in Tuesday’s non-conference boys’ basketball game.
The Eagles forced 25 Hornet turnovers in the game compared to the Hornets forcing 16 Eagle turnovers. The Eagles outscored the Hornets 19-9 off that turnover differential.
Rossville head coach Cory Dunn said Bowman Academy’s aggressive play made his team step up and play tougher.
“It made our kids have to play quicker and stronger,” he said. “In that aspect, I think it’s good for us.”
Rossville senior Clayton Howard scored four of his team-high 17 points early in the first quarter as the two teams were knotted at four points each. From that point, the Eagles went on a 10-0 run, which was ended with a 2-pointer by Rossville senior Kyle Bordner (4 points).
The Hornets found themselves in the bonus late in the opening quarter and sophomore Matt Homco (9 points) took a late foul and hit both free throws to make it 16-10, Eagles after eight minutes of play.
Bowman Academy began the second quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 23-10 lead. Rossville sophomore Blake Miller (5 points) ended the run with a pair of free throws and hit another free throw moments later, which made it 25-13, Bowman Academy.
Rossville found itself in the double bonus early in the second quarter as Homco was sent to the line with 4:54 on the clock and made 1-of-2 attempts. The Hornets finished the game shooting 9-of-12 from the charity stripe (75 percent).
The Eagles outscored the Hornets 19-8 in the second quarter to take a 35-18 lead at halftime. The Hornets tried to combat the Eagles’ physical play in the paint with perimeter shooting, but missed all five 3-point attempts in the first half and shot 2-of-12 (17 percent) from behind the arc in the game.
Bowman Academy opened the second half with a pair of 3-pointers to extend its lead to 23 points. The Eagles held a steady lead in the third quarter and led 54-33 after 24 minutes of play.
The Hornets began the final quarter with an 8-0 run as Howard made two baskets while Miller and sophomore Grant Mohler (4 points) added one basket each. The score favored the Eagles 54-41 with 3:45 left in the game.
Despite a strong fourth quarter, in which the Hornets outscored the Eagles 14-12, Rossville couldn’t overcome a large deficit and lost by 19 points.
Dunn said Bowman Academy’s pressure forced them to turn over the ball, but they also took advantage of their press to create offensive opportunities. He said the up-tempo pace of the game was unlike anything they’ve faced all season.
The Hornets dropped to 6-14 with the loss while the Eagles improved to 4-14 with the win.