North Crowley hands Arlington Bowie first district loss

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The North Crowley boys basketball team will not go quietly into the night.

Despite an uncharacteristically mediocre start to district play, the Panthers played their most complete game of the season Tuesday, upsetting District 3-5A leader Arlington Bowie 78-67.

“It was huge after the game that we dropped on Friday night,” said coach Tommy Brakel, referring to the Panthers’ 55-52 loss to Arlington Sam Houston, which had been winless in district play. “This was a chance for us to get that game back. This was a makeup game and all it did was put us right back where we needed to be in the standings at this point.”

Dante Hales, a 6-foot-10 post, dominated the paint early in the game for Bowie, blocking four Panthers shots in the first three minutes. The junior caught an errant elbow to the nose late in the first quarter, sending him to the bench for the remainder of the half.

The Panthers (13-10, 5-5 District 3-5A) took advantage of the opening in the lane, going on a 14-0 run in the final minutes of the second quarter to take a 35-26 lead into halftime.

Needing a spark, the Volunteers (21-4, 9-1) turned to senior guard David Chavolich in the third quarter. Chavolich answered, scoring 15 of his game-high 27 points in the quarter to give Bowie a brief 48-47 lead.

“He can shoot it,” Brakel said. “We did some different things against him defensively tonight; some face-guarding, but Chav got hot at the end and made it close and played really well.”

North Crowley dug in, rattling off 25 points in the final quarter, eight coming from guard Kelton Davis, who finished with a team-high 17 points.

Freshman guard Jordon Myers, who scored 11 points in the win, sparked the final run with a 20-foot jumper.

Brakel, who knows a thing or two about talent, having coached Willie Warren and three other players who went on to professional careers, grinned when asked about Myers’ upside.

“He’s got a real chance to be one of the special ones,” Brakel said.

With the win, North Crowley moves into a tie with Paschal for fourth place, giving the Panthers hope for a playoff berth.

“We’re basically in playoff mode right now,” Brakel said. “We have to win games that we’re supposed to win. Every game is an opportunity for us to make or break our season.”

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