Cowboys fall short, twice
Cagers come up empty, twiceThe Crook County boys basketball team experienced a bit of deja vu Wednesday morning in their second game of the Ellensburg Tournament in Yakima, Wash.
Still reeling from a last second, 53-51 loss to Lake City (Idaho) Monday, the Cowboys never envisioned finding themselves in the exact same position a day later.
But, with 4.2 seconds left to play, and the scoreboard showing a 66-65 deficit to Intermountain Conference rival Hermiston, that is exactly what happened.
Completing a ten point comeback, Crook County took the lead at 65-64 with with 19 seconds on the clock.
Hermiston countered with two free throws and retook the lead with 4.2 seconds to go.
The Cowboys took a timeout to get the ball at halfcourt then fed it to Rory Priday, whose desperation shot fell short, handing Crook its second last-second loss in two days.
"We had it at the end," said coach Jeff Lowenbach. "It was a hard fought game between two teams."
Priday and McCarthy catapulted the comeback, each recording two three-pointers in the final quarter.
McCarthy, who finished with six three-pointers overall, led the Cowboys with 20 points, while Priday added 16.
In Monday's contest, the Cowboys squandered a 10 point halftime lead. Crook County shot only 10-27 from the free throw line and was outrebounded 46-26.
"When you get outrebounded like we did and get outshot at the line, you are not going to win too many games," said Lowenbach.
McCarthy scored all 21 of his game high points in the first half.
The Cowboys wrap up tournament play this morning with a 9 a.m. match against Lindburg (Wash.) tonight.
Friday, Crook County plays host to Hermiston. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.