Martin boys swat aside Bowie to clinch 3-5A title

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Texas A&M signee Myles Garrett may be a five-star football recruit, but the senior made his presence felt on the basketball court Tuesday night as Arlington Martin held off Arlington Bowie 52-47 for the District 3-5A title in Bowie’s gym.

Moments after Bowie had battled back from a nine-point deficit midway through the final quarter, Garrett’s emphatic block of a Bowie player’s drive to the basket kept the Volunteers from tying the game a second time and sent the Warriors (20-7, 13-1) on their way to their first district crown since 2004.

“Myles is just a great athlete,” Martin coach Jeff Plemons said after watching his team survive a tight game the rest of the way. “He loves to compete, be it basketball or checkers. He’s sparked us all year with a big block or a dunk. He doesn’t shy away from anything.”

After Garrett’s block, Patrick Burke was able to stretch the Martin lead back to four points (48-44) with four minutes left. Bowie’s David Chavlovich nailed his third 3-pointer of the game to cut the Warriors’ advantage to 48-47 with 1:42 remaining, but the Volunteers (24-5, 12-2) would not score again. Josh Swearingen hit a pair of clutch free throws for Martin with 10 seconds left to secure the victory.

Relying on a front line that often limited Bowie to one shot, the Warriors took control of the game early. Although the Vols tied the game twice in the first 8 minutes, they couldn’t take a lead and trailed 18-14 after the first quarter.

The narrow margin held until the Warriors opened the third quarter on an 8-3 run that gave them a 41-32 edge with 2:23 remaining in the quarter.

“I felt like our post players made the difference,” Plemons said. “We did a much better job on the boards and were steadily attacking. Down the stretch, we did a great job limiting them to one shot.”

Garrett and Swearingen each had 12 points for Martin, while Andrew Dotson added 10. Chavlovich led the Vols with 16 points. Brandon Hall added 15.

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