ARLINGTON -- Traditional postgame handshakes had to be bypassed following Arlington Bowie’s 68-58 win over Mansfield Summit in a Class 5A Region I boys basketball quarterfinal Monday night at Sam Houston High School.
The teams were separated and hurriedly directed to their locker rooms when it appeared trouble could be brewing at midcourt seconds after Bowie’s Deon Willis slammed home an exclamation dunk at the final buzzer.
“It’s the first time in our program’s history that we didn’t get a chance to shake hands with our opponent,’’ Summit coach Jason Mutterer said. “There was a lot of trash talking all game that wasn’t controlled. Things were not taken care of that should have been. That last basket just blew the top off the volcano.’’
Bowie coach Allen Gratts said one of his players bumped into a Summit player as the teams were getting ready to shake hands, and that’s when the decision was made to get the players off the floor.
“It was an emotional game,’’ Gratts said.
It was also the third time the 4-5A teams have played this season, with Bowie winning every time.
Bowie trailed by three points at halftime, but wore down Summit (18-16) with superior size and more defensive attention on senior guard Jazz Homan. Holman was held to one basket in the second half after scoring 24 points in the first half.
“We tried to double him and make him work harder to get the ball,’’ Gratts said. “Eventually he got tired.’’
With relentless 6-foot-6 junior Christian Jones scoring 13 of his team-high 19 points in the second half, Bowie gradually took control of the inside and outscored Summit, 18-6, in a telling fourth quarter.
“We were motivated in the second half,’’ said Jones, who came alive on the glass. “That was a game we couldn’t lose.’’
Summit carried a two-point lead into the fourth quarter but had turnovers on its first two possessions and twice missed the front end of one-and-one free throw opportunities.
“We had a lot of good looks,’’ Mutterer said. “They just killed us on the offensive boards that last quarter.’’
Bowie, which lost in the regional quarterfinal round in 2003 and 2006, advances to meet Flower Mound Marcus (35-2) in a Class 5A Region I semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at Fort Worth’s Wilkerson Greines Activity Center.