Crook County defeats Bend
Big fourth quarter is difference
The Crook County High School boys basketball did not play the best basketball game they have played this year on Friday night, but they found a way to win, defeating Bend High School 55-51.
"We found a way," said Head Coach Jeff Lowenbach. "It's a total reverse of last Tuesday. I was a little worried, but when it came time to do their thing they really stepped up and did the right things. They did the things they had to do to win."
The Cowboys got off to a slow start and trailed 18-11 at the end of the first quarter. Crook County closed the gap to only four at halftime and Bend's lead stayed at four or five points most of the rest of the game. Then with three and a half minutes to go, Bend built their lead back up to seven and seemed to be in control of the game.
"We had to do something a little different," said Lowenbach. "We put a little pressure on them and they made some silly mistakes and turned the ball over and we capitalized. We were nine for 10 from the line in the fourth quarter and that's where we won the game."
The Cowboys outscored the Lava Bears 15-6 in the decisive fourth quarter using defensive pressure, timely shooting and accuracy from the free throw line to overcome a solid Bend team.
"You know I think this was the best game we've had this year with our shot selection," Lowenbach said. "We took good shots tonight. We got the ball into David Reeher when we needed to get the ball in and he kicked it out and guys took the shots that they were supposed to take. Good team effort. Good team shot selection. Another huge team win."
The win gives Crook County a 10-6 season record and puts them alone in second place in Intermountain Conference play with a 4-2 mark. Bend fell to 4-11 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
Crook County was led by Reeher with eight rebounds, three blocked shots and 20 points, while Daniel Teater was the only other Cowboy in double figures with 13 points, but the win was a total team effort. The Lava Bears were led by Tyler Fristedt with 14 points and Austin Cook with 12.
"It's something to build on," added Lowenbach. "We had guys step up and fill in some minutes and do very good things. But we have lots of stuff to work on and we need to be better executing. We need to execute like we did the final three and a half minutes for the entire game."
The Cowboys go on the road this weekend taking on Pendleton on Friday, then traveling to Hermiston on Saturday afternoon to take on league leading Hermiston.
Bend (51) - Tyler Fristedt 14, Crook 12, Gage 3, Reynolds 1, Van Dyke 9, Walker 2, Ross, Sampson 10. Totals 20 3-6 51.
Crook County (55) - David Reeher 20, Dunten 6, Mottl 2, Mountz 3, Haring 4, Danforth 6, Teater 13, Marciel 1. Totals NA 55.
Bend 18 13 14 6 - 51
Crook County 11 16 13 15 - 55
Three-point goals - Bend: Crook 4, VanDyke 2, Gage 1. Crook County NA.