Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:54 AM
Photo by Daniel Kucin. Dalonte Taylor, right, leads Bowie in scoring with 16 points against Northwestern.
Published on: Thursday, January 17, 2013
By Daniel Kucin
Jalen Robinson made all of the right moves Friday as Bowie toppled Northwestern, 80-49.
Robinson’s double-double solidified the Bulldogs’ position in the league with an 8-3 start this season, and after Friday’s victory, they moved to only two wins from the top spot.
However, the shift in standings did not come easy. Bowie had to win in a slugfest against Suitland last week that went into overtime, and the Bulldogs had to keep their heads above water in the standings with an impressive road win.
“We played together. One thing I keep trying to stress to them is that we will be a better team if we play good team defense and play off of each other,” Bowie head coach Cedric Holbrook said.
“We did a better job in the second half if you figure we went from 29 points in the first half to holding them to 16 in the second half because of what we did defensively,” Holbrook added. “This is a good win for us, but we have to look at it for what it is; we have to grow from this.”
The Bulldogs went from almost being at the bottom rung of Prince George’s 4A to becoming legitimate contenders — and they did it seemingly overnight.
Bowie and Northwestern were equally matched and played a tight first half with no true advantage until halftime with the Bulldogs leading 32-25. Despite Robinson’s productive night on the boards and as a scoring threat, senior forward Dalonte Taylor took over the game and led an offensive explosion in the second half. Taylor finished the night leading the Bulldogs with 16 points, 11 rebounds and two assists to help lead his team to victory.
Northwestern was simply out hustled and over matched as the game progressed. Bowie was aggressive on the boards and the Bulldogs forced the issue with breakaway chances in transition — giving them a 22-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
The loss dropped Northwestern to a 5-6 record, and the Wildcats playoff aspirations look to be out of the question unless they can run the tables.
Bowie, on the other hand, has positioned itself in a comfortable situation to take control, but that will require winning some key games down the stretch.
Holbrook seemed optimistic that his team has what it takes to make a late push against some of the best teams in the county.
“We still want to be in position to be a top-four team in the conference,” Holbrook said. “Right now, the mixing bowl is going, and all of the top teams are starting to play against each other. So, some of the teams are going to pop up and drop down. The biggest thing is that the teams that are below us — we have to find a way to win those games and then beat those upper tier teams to stay above .500.”