Pflugerville showed a solid shot selection, increased defensive intensity and patience in the first half. That translated into a 34-18 halftime lead. 2012 G Paul Baxter led Bowie with 9, while sharpshooting Jarrell Turner had three from behind the arc and 13 for the half. The signature play of the first half was 2011 PG Deon Mitchell applying a facial on a contested dunk. For those who comment that Mitchell just doesn't seem athletic enough, I just have to chuckle. You think Marquette, Arizona, Arizona State and company are all over this kid because he has heavy feet?
Bowie went on a nice 3rd quarter spurt, getting the ball down low for high percentage buckets. It was their quarter for 7 and a half minutes until The Ville scored two quick buckets to end the 3rd.
With 3:14 to play Bowie has pulled to within 3 as they've become the patient ones and are causing the Panthers to make countless turnovers. The last two minutes were hectic but the best player on the floor, Deon Mitchell took control and made two outstanding cross court passes while being double teamed that led to back to back Pflugerville layups. Lamar signee Cleveland Smith calmly hit both ends of a crucial one and one with 40 seconds left and then 1-2 with 28 seconds left. Young Baxter raced the length og the floor unfazed for a deuce and then Bowie held their first lead of the game with 14 seconds left as 2011 P Connor Robinson got the offensive rebound and the putback. One more time, Mitchell gets fouled hits 1-2 for the tie. With 4 seconds left The Ville stole the ball and Mitchell missed the layup. Overtime!
Who wants it?? Well, it wont be Mitchell because he drew two quick fouls to head to the showers. Bowie Sophomore Paul Baxter does! And Junior Connor Robinson does! They wrapped up the win for Bowie at the free throw line. Big road win for the Bulldogs, 70-67! Not a bad birthday present for veteran Bowie Coach "C.C." Collier. Happy Birthday Coach!
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Bowie was led by 2011 P Connor Robinson with 20 points, and 10 boards doing the dirty work underneath. Baxter chipped in with 21. Turner finished with 20 for Pflugerville.
2010 P 6'3" Deandre Perry is a workhorse. He'll play football for the University of Houston next fall. 2010 SG 6'6" Tre Lindsey of Austin Bowie will attend Army Prep this coming fall.
2012 PG Paul Baxter of Austin Bowie shows tremendous explosiveness. He's got the pedigree, as Pops Ron Baxter played for the Texas Longhorns back in the day.