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Cowboys advance to second round, face North Eugene

Crook County defeats Crescent Valley 65-57, face No. 1 ranked North Eugene Friday in second round of playoffs

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Jordan Danforth goes strong to the basket during the Cowboys game against Crescent Valley.  Danforth made the basket and was fouled on the play.

On Tuesday night the Crook County High School boys basketball team won a playoff game for only the second time in school history, and they did it without two of their starters.
   With 6-foot-9 senior post David Reeher, and 6-foot-2 senior point guard John Mountz both sidelined with injuries, the Cowboys got great performances from Jordan Danforth, Daniel Teater and Andrew Marciel as they defeated Crescent Valley 65-57.
   The victory sends the Cowboys into the second round of the playoffs for the second year in a row with a road game against No. 1-ranked North Eugene at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7.
   "It means a whole lot more than last year," said Teater about the win. "We won because of team play."
   Danforth led the Cowboys in scoring with 21 points, while Teater had 18 and Chase Dunten chipped in 11.
   "Teater had 18 points, 13 rebounds, five blocked shots, two assists, and two steals," said Head Coach Jeff Lowenbach. "That's a pretty good line. And Andrew Marciel had seven points and 12 rebounds. That's a fantastic game for him."
   "It feels special being a contributor and helping out," said Marciel a junior, who normally sees limited action.
   The Cowboys led throughout the game and ran their lead to as much as 18 points at one time, then had to withstand a furious charge from the Raiders late in the game. Crescent Valley went into a full-court-press, and forced 23 Cowboy turnovers. Between the turnovers and Raider guard Thomas McCarthy knocking down threes, Crescent Valley got to within six points late in the fourth quarter, but the Cowboys made free-throws when they had to and held on for the win.
   "You have to give Crook County credit," said Crescent Valley Coach Michael Stair. "They were hitting their shots and we lost our composure there for a little while. Then in the fourth quarter we made a run and picked up the tempo, but they wre able to weather the storm."
   "It looked good in stretches and then it was a little crazy there in the end," said Lowenbach. "The crowd was awesome. It was a great game to end our home season on. The crowd has just been awesome all year long."
   "It was a totally different atmosphere," said Dunten. "I played in a playoff game before, but it was a totally different atmosphere, especially on our home floor. It was special. Now we prepare for the No. 1 team in the state and I expect to give them a run for the money."
   Reeher is expected to see at least some action in North Eugene on Friday, but the Cowboys are making two game plans. One with Reeher, and one without.
   "They haven't lost a game to a 5A team in two years," said Lowenbach about North Eugene. "They are the real deal."
   Crook County ran their record to 15-10 with the win. North Eugene is 23-2 with both losses coming to nationally-ranked teams from California. They are led by senior post Brian Conklin, but have had eight other players score in double figures during the season.
   The teams have faced two common opponents with both Crook County and North Eugene defeating Roseburg, and the Cowboys falling in a close game to Marshfield, while North Eugene has defeated them three times, the last time a week ago by a score of 46-44.
   North Eugene is expected to win, but if the Cowboys shoot well and stay out of foul trouble anything can happen.
   Crescent Valley vs. Crook County
   Tuesday, March 4
   Crescent Valley (57) - Thomas McCarthy 25, Peterson 12, Baumgartner 6, Eason 5, Sullivan 3, Volstad 2, Kelsey 2, Liebeskind 2, Milligan. Totals 18 14-19 57.
   Crook County (65) - Jordan Danforth 21, Teater 18, Dunten 11, Marciel 7, Haring 5, Leavitt 2, Mottl, Knox, Morrell, Puckett, Sanchez. Totals 20 19-26 65
   Crescent Valley 12 13 7 25 - 57
   Crook County 16 11 18 20 - 65
   Three-point goals - Crescent Valley: McCarthy 5, Sullivan 1, Peterson 1. Crook County: Danforth 4, Dunten 1, Teater 1.