Wise (5-0) spoiled alumni night at Bowie High School, defeating the Bulldogs (4-2), 53-49 on Tuesday.
Pumas’ senior Mike Speight finished with a team-high 13 points, two rebounds and two assists. He was one of four Wise players to score in double figures.
Wise came out the gates strong with a 16-8 lead in the first quarter. Speight controlled the momentum for Wise early on with a couple of back-to-back and-one baskets.
Wise was led the whole game behind the stellar guard play of Brent Pegram. He got to the rim at will, finishing with the off-hand easily. Pegram scored 10 points.
Darron Barnes, and Matthew Webber were a force on the boards for the Pumas. Both players kept offensive possessions alive for Wise as they grabbed multiple offensive rebounds.
Pumas led 34-15 over Bowie after a basket by Webber. Speight blew by a Bowie defender and pulled up for a mid-range jumper to put Wise up 36-15 at halftime. Wise outscored the Bulldogs 20-7 in the second quarter.
Bowie went on a 8-0 run to start the third quarter. Towson commit Quinton Drayton got hot for the Bulldogs after struggling in the first half. He was getting some good looks at the rim and finishing. Drayton finished the game with 17 points.
Bowie guards Isaiah Burke and senior Jalen Robinson had a solid outing. Burke possessed a great mid-range game, knocking an early shot down in the 1st half and another pull-up jumper in the second half. Robinson was second on the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points. They played a key role in cutting into deficit.
Wise’s Brandon Howell knocked down a key three pointer to put the Pumas up by three heading into the fourth quarter.
Drayton was fouled and connected on a pair of free throws, which cut the Pumas lead down to six.
During the final minutes of the game, Robinson turned the ball over for Bowie in a crucial moment. Webber missed a three pointer then Mike Akingbade converted a lay-up on the other end to narrow the deficit to three.
Wise was up 53-48 with 11 seconds left in the game. Drayton chased down an offensive rebound after a missed three pointer. Drayton was fouled while going up for a lay-up. He nailed one free-throw to cut Wise’s lead down to 53-49. That was the closest Bowie could get as there wasn’t enough time to stage a comeback.