ob Martin locked up his second 20 plus-game in as many days for the Crook County boys basketball team Friday at Silverton.
   The junior connected for 22 points for the night, but it wasn't enough for the Cowboys to dodge an 86-68 non-league setback to the Foxes.
   Crook County was down just 10-9 early in the contest, using patience as a backbone for the early success.
   "I thought we played really well in the first quarter," said CCHS head coach Dave Davies. "We played disciplined basketball like we wanted to. We learned that lesson from Madras."
   The Cowboys were near-perfect in the field the entire outing, busting off 22 of 35 for a 62.9 percentage from the floor. It was the three-point shooting, one of Crook County's strongest weapons, that was off.
   The Cowboys finished connecting for just six of 21 from behind the arc for a 28.6 three-point percentage. Junior Trevor Abell scored two long shots to lead CCHS. Abell finished with 10 points. Martin and Abell led the team in rebounding with five apiece.
   Junior Jeff Carver was the team's second leading scorer with 11.
   The three-point woes began for Crook County in the second quarter, propelling Silverton to outscore the Cowboys 20-12 in that time frame.
   For coach Davies, that was the turning point.
   "It was because we were playing great and then we just failed to hit some shots in the second quarter," Davies said. "We worked hard to get those shots, but we fell behind and played catchup the rest of the game."
   After the Foxes held a 30-21 lead at the break, foul trouble began to plague the Cowboys. In the duration of the final quarter, four Crook County players, three of them starters, fouled out.
   Silverton was sent to the line 37 times compared with Crook County's 18.
   The Foxes used a 26-point final stanza to put the game in the win column.
   "Their team is the type of disciplined team we want to become," Davies said.
   "They came down and ran their stuff, got good looks and knocked them down."
   Next up for the Cowboys (0-2) is their home opener Saturday against Barlow. Game time is 2:45 p.m.
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