Crook County uses strong defense and rebounding to defeat White Buffaloes 88-67

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Jordan Danforth goes up for two of his four points on Friday at Madras.  Crook County used good shot selection and great team defense and rebounding to defeat the White Buffaloes 88-67.

The Crook County Cowboys went into Madras Friday night and used tough defense to shut down a high flying White Buffalo attack, cruising to an 88-67 victory. The win puts the Cowboys in second place in the Intermountain Conference with a 2-1 league mark and raises their season record to 8-5.
   "The story of the game is that we came out and executed our game plan and it was obviously a pretty good plan," said Head Coach Jeff Lowenbach. "We executed our game plan and did basically what we wanted to from start to finish and it ended up being a good thing for us."
   Madras made just six of 46 shots from behind the three-point arc, and the Cowboys took advantage of that, getting 56 rebounds on the night, and executed their fast break well, getting a lot of layups.
   "When you play a team like Madras they want you to run and we understand that so we do run," Lowenbach said. "But you have to finish with the right shots and we finished with layups for the most part. Decision making and passing were excellent and everyone contributed in all aspects of the game."
   James Nunez led four Cowboys in double figures with 29 points, while David Reeher added 18, Daniel Teater put in 13 and Andrew Marciel had a career high 12. Reeher added eight rebounds and six blocked shots while Teater had 11 rebounds and Nunez added eight rebounds and three assists.
   "It was pretty balanced," Lowenbach said. "Everyone got a piece of the action and we just really executed our game plan well."
   Crook County jumped in front 31 to 19 at the end of the first quarter and had a 52 to 33 halftime lead. At one time the lead got to more than 30 points.
   "They lost their best player, (Robert Main), early in the first quarter with a shoulder injury, which deflated them a little bit," said Lowenbach. "They ended up struggling without him."
   The Cowboys travel to Mountain View tonight for a 7 p.m. start against the Cougars and return to Bend on Friday to play Summit High School.
   Friday, Jan. 11
   Crook County (88) - James Nunez 29, Reeher 18, Teater 13, Marciel 12, Dunten 6, Haring 6, Danforth 4, Mottl, Mountz, Blaise. Totals 34 17-27 88.
   Madras (67) - Albert Adams 15, C.J. Easterling 15, Austin Say 15, Gill 13, Cecilliani 4, Roth 4, Main 2, Anguiano, E. Adams, Switzler, Wolfe. Totals 26 9-17 67.
   Crook County 31 21 17 19 - 88
   Madras 19 14 12 22 - 67
   Three-point goals - Crook County: Haring 1, Nunez 1, Teater 1. Madras: A. Adams 3, Gill 2, Say 1.
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