Pflugerville 76 Austin Bowie 61

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.

2012 G Paul Baxter of Bowie is the most explosive member of Austin’s Junior Class.
Connor Robinson led Bowie with 20 points & 12 boards.  2012 G Marik Isom had 14 & 2012 G Paul Baxter had 8 points & 9assists, inclusing a thunderous break away dunk off a steal.  These two teams could well meet again.                                        

Pflugerville           5-15-16-40-76
Austin Bowie        12-9-13-27-61

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