Basketball: Jackrabbits shut down Panthers – Bowie holds Paradise to nine field goals

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 9, 2016
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WRAPPED UP – Paradise’s John Bridgeman tries to fight through Bowie defenders in a loss Tuesday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Through a strong start to the season, the Paradise Panthers hit shots on the perimeter and found gaps to get to the basket.

The Bowie Jackrabbits made any open looks quickly disappear with a suffocating defensive effort Tuesday night. Bowie held Paradise to just nine field goals in a 37-22 win at Paradise High School gym.

“They were outstanding. There’s a reason we only scored 22 points, and it’s because of them for the most part,” said Paradise coach Ken Thompson. “We had some good looks, but for the most part they were just hard to score against.”

Paradise (11-8, 1-1) managed only nine points in the second half, going 3-for-15 from the field.

The Panthers, who had hit 20 3-pointers in their last two games, went 2-for-16 from beyond the arc against Bowie.

“The kids played really well. Paradise is a good shooting team,” said Bowie coach Doug Boxell. “Every time we left them open we knew they would knock it down, so we had to close out on them.

“Neither team got into a rhythm. I’m proud of our guys for winning on the road.”

Despite the struggles scoring, the Panthers remained within striking distance until the final minute when Bowie got a pair of break-away layups.

“For the most part, we played good defense,” Thompson said.

Zeke Vaughan led Bowie with 13 points.

Vaughan’s first of three 3-pointers put Bowie up 11-7 in the first quarter.

John Bridgeman carried the Panthers’ offense early. His putback brought the Panthers within three, 16-13. He finished with six points.

The two teams went scoreless the final 2:20 of the half. That followed a more than three-minute scoreless stretch earlier in the frame.

“It was tough to drive. They were so big it was hard to get around them,” Bridgeman said. “Even when you got a step, they got out on you.

“They changed defenses every possession. We had to figure it out.”

Brayden Ford’s lone 3-pointer brought Paradise within two, 18-16, early in the third quarter. Vaughan quickly responded, hitting a trey on the next possession. Bowie ended the quarter on an 8-1 run to take a 26-17 lead into the fourth quarter.

Paradise never got closer than seven the rest of the way. The Panthers went scoreless the final 3:21, going 0-for-6 from the field.


Bowie … 11 … 5 … 10 … 11 … – … 37
Paradise … 7 … 6 … 4 … 5 … – … 22

BOWIE (11-9, 2-0) – Trace Hardee 4, Kaden Ogle 3, Chase Hall 8, Zeke Vaughan 13, Gary Mosley 2, Jeffery Howard 5, Taylor Pigg 2.

PARADISE (11-8, 1-1) – Patrick Dorado 2, Spencer Forsyth 2, Brayden Ford 5, John Bridgeman 6, Danny Richardson 5, Hayden Barkley 2.

FIELD GOALS – Bowie 16-32; Paradise 9-29. 3-pointers – Bowie 5-7 (Vaughan 2, Ogle 1, Howard 1); Paradise 2-16 (Richardson 1, Ford 1). Free throws – Bowie 0-3; Paradise 2-6. Rebounds – Bowie 23; Paradise 16. Turnovers – Bowie 15; Paradise 18.

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