Using a fourth quarter outburst, the Fowler boys basketball team disposed of visiting Bishop Ludden 65-53 Saturday in the regular season finale for both Freedom Conference squads.
After an equally played three quarters, Fowler (10-4, 13-5) outscored the Gaelic Knights 22-11 in the final and deciding period to earn the victory.
The Falcons controlled the boards on defense, not letting Ludden get too many second chance opportunities and also used a balanced attack on offense. Elonzo Wilson (20 points), Quashawn Blunt (13 points) and Dajuan Coleman (13 points) did most of the scoring for Fowler.
"We've been in practice every day working hard," Wilson said. "I think we won today because of teamwork. There's no I in team. The only way you can win is playing as a team and we did that."
After a first quarter dominated by the hot shooting and defensive pressure of the Gaelic Knights (9-5, 15-5), the Falcons started to get into the flow of the game and match Ludden's intensity in the second period.
The ball got inside to Coleman who played great down low, while Wilson and Blunt hit the open jumpers. This play resulted in a 9-3 run by Fowler to end the first half down 30-29.
Bishop Ludden guards Wendall Williams and Daquan Grobsmith led the charge for their team. Williams erupted for 17 first half points, while Grobsmith had seven. They ended the game with point totals of 26 and 11 respectively.
The third quarter was eight minutes of runs. Fowler came out on fire, running a solid offense and hitting shots. They also continued to rebound well. This enabled them to start the period on a 10-0 run.
After a much needed time-out, Ludden picked up the slack and went on a 10-1 run of their own to tie the game at 40. The Gaelic Knights were able to do this because their defense got to Fowler. Williams had three incredible blocks and finished on some difficult drives in transition during the run.