HUNTINGTON – Bishop Dwenger couldn’t hang onto the ball and failed to reach its first state title game in boys basketball because of it.
The Saints lost 85-71 to No. 3 Bowman Academey in the Class 3A Semistate on Saturday at Huntington North.
The Eagles (22-4) will play Greensburg, a 74-67 winner over Guerin Catholic, for the 3A title next week at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Dwenger turned the ball over 23 times, the miscues were too much to make up against the aggressive play of Bowman.
The Saints were able to cut a 21-point halftime deficit to 61-45 entering the fourth quarter, and they got to within 73-64 of the Eagles with 2:52 to play after Ryan Christman hit a 3-pointer.
After a Bowman free throw, Grady Eifert sunk two free throws and Christman hit another 3 to cut Dwenger’s deficit to 74-69, but the Eagles were able to seal the win with free throws scoring three points in the final 2 minutes at the line before a couple of dunks by Bowman’s Davon Dillard finished the game.
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