Cowboys stumble at Mt. View

Crook County leads the entire game, but falls in closing seconds to Cougars

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - James Nunez led Crook County in scoring with 18.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Crook County High School boys basketball team went down to defeat 53-51 at Mountain View High School in a game that the Cowboys should have won.
   Crook County led from wire to wire with the Cougars taking their first and only lead inside the last minute of the game.
   "It was kind of a heartbreaker for us," said Head Coach Jeff Lowenbach. "It is still kind of tough for us to swallow that one. That was probably one of the toughest losses we've had since I've been here."
   Both teams struggled to make shots in the physical contest with the Cowboys shooting only 36 percent on the night, and going only 10 of 24 from the free throw line.
   "What it boils down to is making shots when we needed to make shots," said Lowenbach. "Mountain View was in a desperate situation. They really needed a win. And give more power to them, they figured out a way to hit some big shots down the stretch and they ended up pulling it out."
   The Cowboys led 33-24 at the half, and seemed in control throughout the contest, but went cold down the stretch and were outscored 18-9 in the fourth quarter.
   James Nunez led the Cowboys in scoring with 18, while David Reeher added 15. Nunez added seven rebounds while Reeher had six rebounds and three blocked shots.
   Sean Dart led Mountain View with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Jesse Zapata put in 15 points, and Pat Cashman added 14.
   Mountain View played zone defense throughout the first half and then switched to full court man-to-man in the second half.
   "In the second half they put more pressure on us," Lowenbach said. "We could have executed better against their man pressure, but mostly we had shots that we wanted to shoot and we ended up missing them."
   The loss dropped the Cowboys to 2-2 in league play and 8-6 overall while Mountain View raised their league mark to 1-3 and broke a four game losing streak.
   On Friday Crook County travels to Bend to face Summit High School, with a scheduled 7:30 p.m. start on a night that will see both the boys and girls teams play at the same site.
   Crook County (51) - James Nunez 18, Reeher 15, Danforth 9, Teater 6, Marciel 2, Mountz 1. Totals 18 10-24 51.
   Mountain View (53) - Sean Dart 16, Zabata 15, Cashman 14, Thompson 3, Jacobson 2, Ashbaugh, Coduti, Riding. Totals 20 9-20 53.
   Crook County 13 20 9 9 -51
   Mountain View 11 13 11 18 - 53
   Three-point goals - Crook County: Danforth 3, Nunez 1, Teater 1. Mountain View: Zapata 3, Cashman 1.