Bowling hit 5 of 9 shots from 3-point range and scored seven points off turnovers to lead the Indians to a 78-68 win over the Bucs in Monday night’s 1-A boys basketball sectional at Oneida High School.
His big effort offset a 29-point performance by University High’s Kaleb Meredith. The loss ended the Bucs’ season at 21-12, although coach Herman Rice talked about the positives of what the group achieved.
“With the players we lost last year, for these kids to get back to the sub-state, it was an amazing accomplishment,” Rice said. “We’re going to lose some valuable seniors going forward, but there’s a good young group coming up. I told the kids this is our expectation every year to play in these types of games.”
Mason Broome came through with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucs, while Matthew Carter added 15 points.
Oneida (28-7) got big performances from Kolby Morgan with 24 points and nine rebounds and Dalton Yancey with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Yancey made 7 of 8 free throws.
The Indians led 28-26 at the half, but outscored the Bucs 26-13 in the third quarter.
“Our kids never gave up,” Rice said. “They got down 16-18 points and cut it to five. The way they never gave up, that’s been their trademark all season. Our seniors have been part of a state tournament team and a sub-state team. The last four years, they’ve brought University High a lot of respectability and we will always be grateful to them.”