Bowie boys rally in fourth quarter to beat Northwest

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Down by 10 points midway through the third quarter Tuesday night, it looked like Arlington Bowie might be the final District 3-5A opponent to fall to its 4-5A counterpart in the bi-district round.

That’s when guard Brandon Hall and the Volunteers went to work.

Hall scored 12 points, six in a crucial fourth-quarter stretch, as Bowie advanced to the area round with a 47-45 win over Justin Northwest.

The Vols (25-5) will face the winner of Amarillo Tascosa and El Paso Coronado later this week.

“We’ve been in this situation before and having so many seniors, we didn’t want our season to end,” Hall said. “I have a lot of respect for their team; obviously they play in a tough district like we do.”

Hall hit three jumpers during that run to help Bowie take control in the final quarter.

The Volunteers hit 4 of 7 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Northwest (23-8) lost control of its deliberate pace in the second half. The Texans had a 21-16 lead at halftime and held Bowie to four second-quarter points.

Bowie coach Allen Gratts said he told his team to get center Dante Hales involved on offense.

“I thought he did his job on defense in the first half, but we needed him in the second even though we’re a guard-oriented team,” he said. “Our kids know that we can win when we’re down like that, but it’s certainly not something we want to do.”

Hales finished with six points on the night but had two big plays in the third quarter to help spark Bowie’s offense.

“It opened up the perimeter for sure, and we kind of shook off some playoff jitters and got more confident after that,” Hall said.

Josh Tatum had 15 points to lead Northwest.

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