>Cowboys fall to Marshfield in tournament semi-final, rebound to defeat Roseburg to claim third place
The Crook County High School boys basketball team finished in third place in the eight-team Les Schwab South Coast Invitational Basketball Tournament in Coos Bay over the weekend.
   "I was pretty pleased with the way the tournament went," said Head Coach Jeff Lowenbach. "We played some quality teams and looked a little rusty at times, but did some real good things to prepare us for the upcoming league season."
   Crook County started strong on Thursday, defeating North Salem High School 53-52 in a game that the Cowboys led from wire to wire, but had to fight off a fourth quarter Viking rally to hold on for the victory.
   "The first game we shot horrible from the free throw line," said Lowenbach. "That's why the game was closer than it probably should have been."
   James Nunez led the Cowboys in scoring with 24 points while David Reeher put in 11, and Chase Dunten added nine.
   On Friday in the semi-finals the Cowboys played a see-saw game with Marshfield High School, falling 53-47 in a game that saw 12 lead changes.
   "It was back and forth the whole game," Lowenbach said. "We were up two with three minutes to go and then really didn't make any more shots and they hit some timely shots. We were 10 percent from three, and 28 or 29 percent shooting overall."
   Marshfield didn't shoot much better, hitting only 34 percent of their shots, but they hit some big threes down the stretch and that was the difference.
   The Cowboys were led in scoring by Reeher with 17 points.
   "John Mountz didn't score many points, but he did really good point guard stuff," said Lowenbach. "He makes sure that we are all on the same track, which is a good thing."
   On Saturday the Cowboys bounced back to defeat the Roseburg Indians 60-53 in the consolation game.
   "I was pleased with our overall effort," Lowenbach said. "We played some solid teams and got two wins. I think that we are ready for league."
   Jordan Danforth led the Cowboys in scoring with 25 points while Reeher put in 14, and Nunez added 11.
   The Cowboys start off league play with a home game against the Hermiston Bulldogs on Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs and Crook County were picked to finish one-two in league in the preseason coaches poll, so the game takes on added significance. Then on Saturday, Crook County plays Pendleton, again at home, with a 2:45 p.m. tip-off.
   Thursday, Dec. 27
   Crook County (53)-James Nunez 24, Reeher 11, Dunten 8, Danforth 6, Mountz 2, Haring 2, Teater, Knox, Marciel.
   North Salem (52)- Woods 15, Starkey 12, Zarate 10, Phelps 6, Guerrero 5, Lowe 2, Hegman 2, Robinson, Rank.
   Crook County 11 12 17 13 - 53
   North Salem 7 8 17 20 - 52
   Friday, Dec. 28
   Crook County (47)- Dunten, Mottl 4, Mountz 2, Haring 6, Nunez 9, Danforth 2, Teater 7, Marciel, Reeher 17. Totals 16 13-17 47.
   Marshfield (53)- Gioris 16, Oswald 18, Flack 3, Sheppard 5, McClintock 5, Elleson Prater 2, Grues 2, Slathan 2, Wilson. Totals 19 6-15 53.
   Crook County 15 15 7 10 - 47
   Marshfield 16 21 4 12 - 53
   Three-point goals - Crook County: Nunez 1, Haring 1. Marshfield: Gioris 4, Oswald 3, Sheppard 1, McClintock 1.
   Saturday, Dec. 29
   Crook County (60)- Danforth 25, Reeher 14, Nunez 11, Mountz 5, Dunten 2, Teater 2, Haring 1, Mottl, Knox, Marciel. Totals 18 21-30 60.
   Roseburg (53)- Hancock 26, Kavens 11, Whitman 9, LaBranche 3, Malorie 3, Johnson 1. Totals 18 10-11 53.
   Crook County 16 11 14 19 - 60
   Roseburg 10 9 15 19 - 53
   Three-point goals - Crook County: Danforth 4, Nunez 1. Roseburg: Hancock 5, LaBranche 1, Malone 1.
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