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Curtain slowly closing on Bowie’s promising season

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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Jalen Robinson is averaging more than 14 points per game.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Jalen Robinson is averaging more than 14 points per game.

Published on: Monday, January 07, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

The Bulldogs started off the year looking like a prominent contender in the 4A division. However, the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Parkdale and DuVal are on the rise — slowly changing the pecking order of teams looking for a chance a to compete in the playoffs.

Bowie recently dropped a huge 62-48 loss against Wise on Friday, and the Bulldogs now sit at seventh place in the division. Wise snapped the Bulldogs’ three-game winning and held their prolific scorer Jalen Robinson to only five points.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Georgian Court University commit was a dominating presence in the beginning of season. Robinson posted 26 points against Laurel, and then he dropped 24 on Milford Mill the following week.

Despite starting off the season strong and averaging more than 14 points per game, Robinson has been in a sort of a slump, and his numbers are on a steady decline. He has only shot 50 percent from the free-throw line all season, and his most productive game statistically was against DuVal in early December.

Robinson is still a double-figure scorer and is always active on the boards, but it seems that there is something missing these past few weeks. Dejuan Smith has been one of the Bulldogs’ best scoring threats this season, averaging more than 14 points per game as well, but Bowie will need to dig deep against two divisional opponents that could knock them out of contention completely starting on Tuesday against Suitland.

If Bowie loses to Suitland on the road Tuesday, the Bulldogs will drop to eighth place in the division and could drop even further with another loss against Northwestern on their following match. The Bulldogs will still have to face the undefeated Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders twice later this season to make it even more difficult to win.

With the season slowly dwindling away, Bowie will have to go back to the basics and run its offense through Robinson and have good shot selection choices, if they want to have any chance at advancing into the postseason.

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