The Bowie Jackrabbit basketball team participated in their first tournament at their hosted Gayno Shelton Tournament Classic last weekend.
Bowie went 3-2 against some quality competition that tested them, but early on in the tournament, the Jackrabbits were making things look easy.
They started off the tournament against Lake Worth. Bowie was up 28-20 at halftime, but started to separate itself even more in the second half. It was a game where everyone off the bench got to play down the stretch as the Jackrabbits won 54-36.
The same day, Bowie next played Mineral Wells. The Rams had no chance as the Jackrabbits shut them out in the first quarter on the way to a 24-0 lead. Bowie repeated the feat in the third quarter on its way to a 61-19 win.
Bowie started the second day of the tournament with a big test against 5A school Saginaw. The Jackrabbits trailed 27-22 at halftime as it got off to a slow start offensively.
Bowie ramped things up in the third quarter and was able to wrestle control of the game away as it led 40-32 heading into the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for the Jackrabbits, they struggled to play with the lead as the offense went away while the Rough Riders took control of the game late and held on to win 48-44.
Bowie then played Braemer, a team from Australia. After an even first quarter both teams went crazy in the second, but it was the Jackrabbits who were up 41-29 at halftime.
Bowie was able to slowly extend its lead in the second half as the game got to a much more manageable pace for both teams. The Jackrabbits won 67-48.
Bowie then finished up its first tournament against another challenging 5A team, Boswell. The Jackrabbits had a narrow 29-27 lead at halftime, but the score was tied at 37-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
Despite Bowie having a lead late, it was the Pioneers who were able to make the plays at the end to win the game 49-47.
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