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Providence's Dawson Fowler taking unsung role for Argos

Posted at 5:22 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 11:44:44-05

GREAT FALLS — Postseason play begins Tuesday night for Frontier Conference basketball teams, and after a successful 23-7 regular season, the Providence men’s team finds itself as the No. 3 seed in the conference, hosting Montana Western in the first round.

The Argo men have relied heavily on star forward Zaccheus Darko-Kelly this season. But fans shouldn’t overlook the effort from No. 11, redshirt freshman Dawson Fowler. The Belgrade native was a top scoring option when he was in high school, but right now he impacts the game through his defense, often guarding the other team’s best player.

"It’s really fun. In high school, I was the main guy, but now we have guys that can score better than me," Fowler said. "Being not the primary guy is nice, but at the same time, I have a lot of fun with these guys. I love moving the ball with them and we do a great job of that."

At just 6-feet tall, Fowler is third on the team in rebounding and second in blocked shots, with 22 during the regular season. He has no problem taking on less glamorous roles for the Argos, and coach Steve Keller is thankful.

"He’s a 6-foot, 6-1 guard who I think fills the stat sheets," Keller said. "He rebounds, he blocks shots, most nights he guards the best player on the other team. We usually don’t ask freshmen coming out of high school to take on those roles in our program. And he’s taking on that role to perfection."