Cowboys starting to look very Abell

Crook County claims tournament title after last second lay-up

by: TIM STUMM/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Court Abell put up 10 points for the Cowboys on Friday.

Court Able scored a lay-up with ten seconds remaining Saturday afternoon to help lift the Cowboys past Madras 64-62 in the championship match of the Bob McKenzie Memorial Tournament.
   Down by 10 points at the start of the fourth quarter, Crook County battled back and tied the game at 62-62, when Kyle Huntley converted one of two free throws.
   Madras took the ball down the court with a chance to take the lead but ended up turning it over to the Cowboys.
   As the seconds continued to tick off the clock, Thomas McCarthy drove the ball down the lane and, before pulling up, dished it out to a waiting Able.
   "The guys all seemed pretty calm as time was winding down," said coach Jeff Lowenbach. "We knew we were going to get at least a chance [for the win]."
   Playing at near full strength for the first time this season, Crook County battled back and forth with the White Buffaloes. Madras jumped out to a 16-7 first quarter lead, but the Cowboys tied things up by halftime, 30-30.
   Madras controlled the third quarter, then succumbed their lead to the Cowboys in the fourth.
   "That was probably the best quarter of ball we've played all season," said Lowenbach.
   McCarthy finished with 22 points for Crook County while Rory Priday added 15. Kyle Huntley, playing in his first full game of the season had 13 points.
   "He was a big key defensively," Lowenbach said of Huntley.
   In Friday's game, Crook County led for most of the contest but failed to ever truly break away from Sisters.
   "We had a couple chances to break the game open and Sisters put pressure on us defensively," Lowenbach said. "When it looked like we were going to break away they fought back."
   McCarthy led the Cowboys with 23 points. Able had 10 points and seven rebounds and was, according to Lowenbach, "a force in the middle."
   "Some of my younger guys really stepped up," said Lowenbach.
   Overall, the coach was pleased with how his team performed over the weekend. After their first week of play, the Cowboys sit at 2-1.
   "All things considered; with a new coach, a new season and new concepts; 2-1 is a pretty good place to be," Lowenbach said. "They weren't the prettiest wins in the world, but in a week no one is going to remember that. They are just going to remember that we got the wins."
   The Cowboys travel to Hidden Valley Friday night for a 7 p.m. contest then face Crater on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. They open their conference season Dec. 18 at The Dalles.