Arl. Bowie tops FW Paschal to earn playoff spot

FORT WORTH -- Needing a win to clinch a playoff berth, Arlington Bowie displayed suffocating defense against Fort Worth Paschal en route to a 50-32 win at Paschal on Friday night.

Jeremy Senglin led the Volunteers with 14 points. After Paschal knocked off Bowie by one point on Jan. 17, Senglin said he knew this was going to be a revenge game.

"It just gives us confidence to win, especially to win by a big margin," Senglin said.

Paschal (12-15, 6-7 in 4-5A) only had seven players available for the game, something Arlington Bowie (14-18, 8-5) head coach Allen Gratts used to his advantage.

"We wanted to try to play up-tempo and keep our kids fresh so we can make them work," Gratts said. "I don't have any great players, but I don't really have any bad players either. We can play more kids than most people."

Despite Paschal sharpshooter Ryan Fees' 17 points, Gratts said his team did a good job slowing him down.

"Our game plan was to basically cover [Fees]," Gratts said. "We didn't want to cover any of their shooters except him on the perimeter and focus on [Scott Smith] on the block."

Smith scored Paschal's first two points, but the forward never scored again.

Paschal trailed by as little as nine in the third quarter, but Bowie responded with a 12-1 run and never looked back.

Arlington Bowie finishes off the season at home against last-place Arlington. The Volunteers can clinch the No. 3 spot in District 4-5A with a win next week.