March 23, 2013
Bowman Academy’s Heat Leads to Class 2A State Title
Nonstop pressure ruled for the Bowman Academy Eagles, whose full-court defense and relentless offense carried them to an 86-73 victory over the Linton-Stockton Miners in the Class 2A state final.
The scoring total for coach Marvin Rea's Eagles established a new record for the Class 2A title game, breaking the mark of 79 set by Park Tudor against Bowman in 2012. The Eagles were making their third finals appearance in four years after winning the Class A championship in 2010.
With their win, they also became the first school in boys tournament history to win championships in two different classes. The Eagles also won a Class A title in 2010.
Bowman's withering defense forced the Miners into 23 turnovers. The Eagles amassed 16 steals.
Coach Joey Hart's Linton-Stockton team, after scoring just one field goal in the final 5:35 of the second quarter, trailed 44-31 at halftime. The Miners fell behind by 16 early in the third quarter. But then they went to work.
Linton-Stockton connected on 11 consecutive field goal attempts over the third and fourth quarters, slicing Bowman's lead to 70-65 with 3:36 left in the game. But Bowman then righted the ship and went on a 6-0 run to take an 11-point lead at the 2:40 mark.
Bowman, ranked No. 7 in the AP Class 2A poll, began the season 0-4 and was 2-7 against mostly a 3A and 4A schedule. The Eagles finished with victories in 16 of their final 18 games and concluded with an 18-9 mark.
Davon Dillard led Bowman in the title game with 24 points. Antonio Pipkin and Justin King each had 16 while Arthur Haggard III scored 15. Dillard topped the Eagles with six rebounds.
Austin Karazsia led Linton-Stockton with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Dess Fougerousse had 12 points. The Miners, ranked 10th in the 2A poll and playing in their first boys basketball finals, finished 24-4.
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Class 2A State Finals Records
Highest Field Goal Percentage (min. 10 attempts)
.846 by Austin Karazsia, Linton-Stockton vs. Bowman Academy, 2013.
86 by Bowman Academy vs Linton-Stockton, 2013.
Most Combined Points
159 by Bowman-Academy (86) and Linton-Stockton (73), 2013.
Most Combined Points in a Half (TIE)
84 by Bowman Academy (42) and Linton-Stockton (42), (2nd half), 2013.
Most Field Goals Made
35 by Bowman Academy vs Linton-Stockton, 2013.
Most Combined Assists
32 by Bowman Academy (15) and Linton-Stockton (17), 2013.
Highest Combined Field Goal Percentage
.517 by Bowman Academy (35-71) and Linton-Stockton (26-47), 2013.
Most Combined Field Goals Made
61 by Bowman Academy (35) and Linton-Stockton (26), 2013.
Linton-Stockton’s Austin Karazsia named Trester Mental Attitude Award Winner
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Austin Karazsia of Linton-Stockton High School as the winner of the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award in Class 2A Boys Basketball.
Academically, he ranks sixth in his senior class and is currently the president of National Honor Society at his school. He also participates in football and track for the Miners.
Austin is the son of Charlie and Kathy Karazsia of Linton. Austin is undecided of his college choice at this time.
The award is annually presented to a senior participant in the state finals who best demonstrates mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability and is named after the IHSAA’s first commissioner who served the Association from 1929 to 1944.
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Linton-Stockton High School in the name of Austin Karazsia.