"We didn't play good at all tonight, didn't have the intensity we usually have," Eagles coach Gary Boulier Jr. said Tuesday. "There's not much to say about a terrible game like this. ... [We] got back in the game and hustled ... but we just didn't play the way we normally play."
Excel trailed from the start, getting behind 19-6 after one quarter.
The second quarter did not bring much more promise for the Eagles, who managed just five points in the quarter as Bowdon extended its lead to 39-11 at halftime.
Excel kicked its scoring up slightly in the second half, going into the fourth quarter down 56-20. The Eagles outscored Bowdon 16-9 in the game's final quarter.
Seth Curlee led Exel with 15 points, Joe West had 7 and Zach daCamara and D.J. Garnigan each scored 6.
J.D. Stephens led Bowdon with a game-high 21 points, and Cedric Strickland contributed with 17.
"Their quickness kind of got us, and we came out a little flat," Excel assistant Eric Boulier said. "Between the two of those [things], that doesn't make for a good game. ... That was one of our worst games."
The Eagles (4-6) do not have another game scheduled during Christmas break.
East Paulding 73, Cartersville 67
Cartersville High's boys basketball team fought its way back into its game at East Paulding Tuesday, but in the end, the Purple Hurricanes could not make up the entire deficit, falling to the Raiders, 73-67.
"We were trailing by as much as 15 [points] ... and tied it up with probably about five minutes to go and just couldn't hang onto it," Canes associate head coach Darrell Demastus said.
Devin O'Connor scored a game-high 17 points for Cartersville and teammates J.R. Davis and Teigh Dooley added 10 and 9 points, respectively.
East Paulding got 16 points from Devon Gusby and 14 from Aaron Black.
The Canes (2-4) play Friday vs. Coosa in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival. The game will be at 4 p.m. at Georgia Highlands.