Tonight’s matchup between Pflugerville (10-4) v Austin Bowie (12-1) should be a great high school game. It’s really a mirror image of last week’s Pflugerville-Judson matchup which I had the pleasure to watch as well. Coach Collier’s Bowie Bulldogs are methodical and like to work the ball inside to Senior Connor Robinson while Pflugerville likes a faster pace.
Bowie controlled all aspects of play in the 1st quarter, taking a 12-5 lead. They got easy looks which originated in the high post, and were either dropped down low for layups or kicked to the wing/short corner for great looks. Pflugerville leader Deon Mitchell (Northern Iowa) was fighting a stomach virus and was no factor in the 1st half . In fact, up until just before game time he was considering not playing at all.
2013 G T.J. Williams (left) is giving Pflugerville great minutes off the bench. 2011 G Deon Mitchell (right) shows that Northern Iowa has signed a good one.
Bowie’s control of the game slipped in a two minute period in the 2nd quarter when Cameron Blue’s interior defense was the difference. Blue blocked 6 shots during the game and altered at least that many more to go with his 14 points and 8 rebounds. It was 21-20 Bowie at the half, and 36-34 in favor of Pflugerville after the 3rd. Then all heck broke loose.
Pflugerville turned up their defense a couple of notches and forced many turnovers inside. 40 points in a quarter of a high school game is especially rare against a quality, well coached team like Bowie. Mitchell came alive in the 2nd half and he ended up leading the Panthers with 21. In the end, P’ville had a few more weapons than Bowie. It was a big team win. Senior G Darrian Dempsey had 9 assists, W Jamal Shabazz had 13, and super soph T.J. Williams added 15 off the bench.
Austin Bowie 12-9-13-27-61