Still, it was Bowman that controlled the lead until Ben Davis used an 8-0 run to finally take it in the third quarter.
Momentum stayed with the Giants as the third period ended with Tate knocking down a 3-pointer at the buzzer, starting the 13-0 run that secured the victory for the hosts.
Both runs were spurred by Ben Davis steals, three from Beaty and two by Evans.
“We were doubling hard down in the post, and guys rotated pretty good,” James said. “We were lucky on a couple of those plays, but the fact that we that we hit so many free throws was a key, too. This was the best that our guards have played together this year.”
Gillis led four Giants in double figures, as he was joined by Beaty (17), Stephon Matthews (13) and Tate (12). Justin King paced Bowman with 18 points, followed by 17 points from Davon Dillard. Beaty was the game’s top rebounder with seven.
The win improved Ben Davis to 4-4 and the Giants return to action on Friday night as they host MIC rival North Central in their final game before the Marion County Tournament opens Jan. 14.