Bowie’s efforts fall just short in region final loss to DeSoto

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Arlington Bowie saw its luck run out Saturday in the Class 5A Region I final at Daniel Meyer-Coliseum.

Through the course of the season, Bowie had picked up the rolls it needed to hit big shots. Saturday, that was not the case in the Volunteers’ 59-51 loss to DeSoto.

“We didn’t take great shots, but a lot of those shots we did take, we’ve been making this year,” Bowie coach Allen Gratts said. “We’ve taken some bad shots that have been rolling in, and we’ve rushed some shots that we’ve been making.”

Despite a rough day from the field, Bowie (28-6) did everything it could on the defensive end of the floor to stay in the game against DeSoto (31-3), the TABC’s No. 2 ranked team during the regular season.

The plan was to key on 6-foot-6 post Terry Maston, Gratts said. Bowie accomplished that, holding Maston to only four points, all in the first half, and six rebounds.

However, the crowded paint allowed DeSoto guard Takedrick Brown open space behind the 3-point arc. Brown hit five 3-pointers, including three in the second half, and finished with a game-high 21 points.

“We didn’t want them to do a lot of high-low and get a lot of easy baskets from the big kid and consequently, we left [Brown] open and he dropped down some big shots,” Gratts said.

Bowie led 11-9 after the first quarter, but Brown found his range and the Eagles led 30-25 at halftime.

DeSoto held Bowie to only nine points in the third quarter, extending the lead to 10, but Bowie fought back and narrowed the margin to six early in the fourth period.

DeSoto’s defense kept Bowie from driving to the basket. However, guard David Chavlovich slipped through a few times to finish with a team-high 12 points.

While Bowie hung with the Eagles throughout, it simply couldn’t convert when it needed to, Gratts said.

“We just didn’t make shots,” he said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well. If we would have just made a couple shots, we would have been right there.”

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