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January 17, 2014
Vols get a big W on the road
It came down to the last 30 seconds of the game when Arlington Bowie put the ball into the hands of senior guard Brandon Hall. The entire gym knew that he was going to drive from the right side of the wing against the Arlington Martin defense as the seconds ran off. Hall had pulled up for a short jumper that rolled off the rim and into the hands of 6-foot-9 junior Dante Hales. Hales, knowing the amount of time left on the clock, had the instincts to put the ball back up, just as soon as he got it. As the time expired, Hales 6-foot put-back went in.
"I have seen [Brandon] shoot that shot a lot, and I knew if he missed it, it wouldn't be short" said Hales. "I wanted to position myself where I had a chance to try for a rebounder. The ball came directly to me and I knew I had to get it back out of my hands to win."
With the victory Bowie (16-2, 7-0) pulled ahead of Arlington Martin (13-7, 6-1) in district 3-5A. Bowie also has the advantage with having home court the next time the two teams square off February 11.
Head Bowie coach, Allen Gratts felt that this game was huge with the chance to gain the lead, as the Volunteers focus on winning district.
"This win was huge," said Gratts. "We are trying to win a district title which we have done once since I've been here. The kids were motivated and knew that winning tonight would give us momentum heading into the second half of district play."
During the last play of the game, Gratts said that he was expecting Martin to foul, since they had some to give.
"We wanted to force [Martin] to play defense as we were looking for penetration to the hole," added Gratts. "I felt that Brandon gave us the best opportunity to drive to create something. The funny thing is, we practiced a last second play yesterday where we wanted to run the clock down to about eight seconds, giving us enough time to come up with a second opportunity. And look what happened."
Bowie was lead by senior David Chavlovich and his 21 points, and Brandon Hall and Hales chipped in with double digits of their own, 14 and 11.
For Martin, it was Nick Babb and Andrew Dotson who shared a team high with 14 each, and senior post, Patrick Burke tallied 11.
Check back for player recaps on Saturday