Basketball: Bowie stops Panthers

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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The first-place Bowie Jackrabbits put a lid on the basket on the middle quarters Friday night against Paradise.

TIGHT SPOT – Paradise’s John Bridgeman looks for a shot over a Bowie defender. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Bowie held Paradise to a combined 13 points in the two frames on the way to a 52-39 home victory.

Paradise managed only 12 shots in the second and third quarters with 12 turnovers.

“They are playing really good. There’s a reason you don’t score against them and it’s because of their defense,” said Paradise coach Ken Thompson.

Bowie maintained its lead in the league, moving to 8-1. Paradise fell to 4-5 and faces an uphill climb in its final five games to earn a playoff spot.

“I really think we have a chance to win all five,” Thompson said. “That’s what it’s going to take for us to continue our season.”

Before leaving the gym Friday, Thompson’s team was on the same page.

“We have to win out and I think we can do it,” said Danny Richardson. “We have to play our game. We’ve got to shoot the ball and be good shooters the rest of the season.”

Richardson tried to get a jumpstart on that task, hitting a pair of late-game 3-pointers for the Panthers to trim the final deficit to 12. Richardson finished with 12.

Playing without point guard Patrick Dorado, the Panthers hung with Bowie early. The Panthers took an 11-9 lead at the end of the first with back-to-back baskets from Hayden Barkley.

Bowie put the clamps down on the Paradise offense the final six minutes of the half, limiting the Panthers to just two points. Paradise committed six turnovers in the span as Bowie went on an 11-2 run, taking a 24-17 halftime lead.

“We had a rough stretch in the second quarter,” Thompson said. “Not having Patrick hurt us. I was pleased with our effort.”

After Bowie went up 12 midway through the third, Brayden Ford hit a 3-pointer and layup in the lane to get Paradise within seven.

Paradise never got closer, trailing by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter.


Paradise … 11 … 6 … 7 … 15 … – … 39
Bowie … 9 … 15 … 12 … 16 … – … 52

PARADISE (14-12, 4-5) – Joseph Eisen 2, Spencer Forsyth 3, Garrett Schneck 2, Brayden Ford 7, John Bridgeman 4, Danny Richardson 12, Hayden Barkley 9.

BOWIE (16-10, 8-1) – Trace Hardee 9, Keck Jones 3, Kaden Ogle 5, Chase Hall 4, Zeke Vaughan 6, Gary Mosely 7, Jeffrey Howard 14, Taylor Pigg 1, Tilghman Parr 3.

FIELD GOALS – Paradise 16-42; Bowie 22-49. 3-pointers – Paradise 5-13 (Richardson 2, Ford, Barkley, Forsyth). Bowie 6-16 (Howard 2, Ogle, Mosley, Jones, Hardee). Free throws -Paradise 2-4; Bowie 2-4. Rebounds – Paradise 22 (Schneck 8, Barkley 7); Bowie 21 (Hall 5, Vaughan 4, Hardee 4). Turnovers – Paradise 20, Bowie 9.

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